Alex Rios homers again as Royals hold off Reds 3-2

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 07 2015 Mar 7, 2015 Saturday, March 07, 2015 3:56:00 PM CST March 07, 2015 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

SURPRISE, Arizona (AP) - Alex Rios hit his third homer of the spring, Danny Duffy was sharp in his return to the mound and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday.

Rios connected off Reds reliever J.J. Hoover in the fifth inning to give Kansas City the lead. All three of his homers have been no-doubt shots, an encouraging sign for a slugger who hit just four homers a year ago due to a thumb injury.

Duffy tossed two scoreless innings as the AL champion Royals improved to 4-0 this spring.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who missed 100 games last season with a quadriceps injury, had a single in two at-bats in his first game. Right-hander Mike Leake made his first start and threw two perfect innings, striking out three.

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