By Gary Schatz
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Adam Duvall added a two-run single in the first inning off Danny Salazar, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
“I rushed a little bit in the first inning,” said Salazar, who struck out the last four batters he faced. “(Pitching coach) Micky (Calloway) told me I was trying to go too fast. I’m glad I made the adjustment.”
The Reds obtained Duvall from San Francisco for Mike Leake at the trade deadline. Duvall is competing with Jake Cave and Scott Schebler for the open job in left field.
“The tone was set early. We had some good at-bats early against a good pitcher,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “Phillips’ sacrifice fly and then the tag by Joey (Votto), going first to second set the tone.”
Anthony DeSclafani and veteran free agent Jonathan Sanchez pitched two hitless innings each before Joey Butler singled in the fifth off J.J. Hoover, who is the favorite to replace Aroldis Chapman as the Reds’ closer.
Tyler Naquin’s single and Joey Votto’s throwing error sent Butler to third. Erik Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly scored Butler, a waiver pick up from Tampa Bay.
Naquin, the Indians top draft pick in 2012, has a chance to win a job in the outfield. Abraham Almonte is suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and Michael Brantley is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Jay Bruce doubled off Bryan Shaw, the Indians’ setup man, to start a five-run sixth inning. Six straight Reds reached base off Shaw.
“The second wave of players kept the energy going,” Price said.
The Reds replacements included Chad Wallach, who doubled, and Brantley Bell, who was hit by a pitch. Wallach is the son of former player Tim Wallach; Bell is the son of Jay Bell.
Juan Duran, who was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for using performance-enhancing substances, homered off Will Roberts.
Reds: Anthony DeSclafani, who had the most starts on the young staff last year, retired all six batters. He struck out one.
“There were some hard hit balls right at people. We were positioned well,” DeSclafani said. “I felt good. I have to make some fastball adjustments and work on command.”
The scheduled spring rotation would line up DeSclafani as the opening day starter.
“It means something to everybody,” DeSclafani said. “I just want to work hard to earn the right.”
Indians: Salazar had trouble getting started, walking two and allowing two hits and three runs in the first inning. He struck out five of the last six batters he faced.
Salazar doesn’t have to compete for a starting job this year.
“There is more responsibility now,” Salazar said. “I know I have to keep working.”
Reds: Only the players with offseason surgery have been held out of games so far. Zack Cozart (knee) and Devin Mesoraco (hip) are building endurance through morning workouts.
Indians: Free agent RHP Craig Stammen (elbow) is progressing slowly. “I don’t want to even remotely push him,” manager Terry Francona said. “Opening day is not a finish line. We would rather his arm tell us when he can pitch.”
Reds: Host the Giants on Friday. Michael Lorenzen will start for the Reds.
Indians: Play the White Sox in Glendale. Trevor Bauer will start.
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