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Alonso focusing on basics in Arizona

Cincy's Alonso focusing on basics

The secret of Yonder Alonso's success comes from sticking with the basics.

Alonso drove in two key runs for Peoria in the Saguaros' 6-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Thursday afternoon.

The Reds' first-round pick in 2008 delivered a two-RBI single in the third inning to give the Saguaros a lead they would not relinquish. The Cuban-born first baseman also singled and was driven in by Jon Gaston (Astros) in the fifth inning.

"You have a guy like [the Pirates' Donnie] Veal who has been in the bigs and knows what he is doing, you just want to go up there and put a good swing on the ball and just try not to do too much," Alonso said.

Alonso, who was a Florida State League Midseason All-Star, started for the West and drove in two runs in the AFL Rising Stars Showcase last Saturday.

"Ninety-five percent of the players there go to the big leagues," he said. "It's an honor to be part of something I will remember the rest of my life."

Carlos Rivero (Indians) homered, doubled and scored twice for Peoria (12-14). The 21-year-old shortstop extended his hitting streak to seven games. Atlanta farmhand Brandon Hicks added a solo homer.

Cole Gillespie (Diamondbacks) contributed a pair of doubles and drove in a run for Scottsdale (10-15). Jose Tabata (Pirates) continued his hot hitting with a pair of singles and has six multi-hit games in his last 10 contests.

Josh Judy (Indians) picked up his second win after allowing two hits and fanning two in 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Dan Meszaros (Astros) picked up his first save, striking out one in a scoreless ninth.

Pirates pitcher Donnie Veal was tagged for three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings in his first AFL loss. Tony Watson (Pirates) pitched a perfect frame in relief.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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