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Belisle has solid outing in Reds win over Rays

Sunday, March 9, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Belisle boosted his bid for a spot in Cincinnati's rotation, and the Reds scored six times off Edwin Jackson in the second inning of a 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Belisle allowed an unearned run and two hits in three innings to earn his second win this spring. He walked three and struck out one.

Josh Fogg, another right-hander hoping to win a spot in the rotation, yielded two runs and five hits in three innings.

Chris Kroski and Ryan Hannigan had RBI doubles off Jackson during Cincinnati's big inning. Ryan Freel, Norris Hopper and Jolbert Cabrera delivered run-scoring singles.

Jackson, competing with four other pitchers for two spots in Tampa Bay's rotation, allowed six runs, seven hits and walked two in four innings.

"That's the kind of performance he's got to stay away from," said Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was encouraged by Jackson's first two starts this spring.

The Reds had one hit after the second inning, Jeff Keppinger's leadoff single in the third.

Tampa Bay scored its only run off Belisle on two walks and Keppinger's fielding error at shortstop.

Fogg gave up RBI singles to Reid Brignac in the fourth and B.J. Upton in the fifth. Eric Hinske drove in Tampa Bay's final run with an eighth-inning single off Ramon Ramirez.

Notes:

Reds OF Jay Bruce, one of the top young prospects in baseball, went 0-for-3 in his second appearance since missing five games with a strained left quadriceps muscle. He has hit safely in five of seven games he's played. ... Rays closer Troy Percival made his second appearance this spring, working one perfect inning.



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