GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A five-run second inning was the catalyst that gave the Angels a 9-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. For Cincinnati, it snapped a five-game winning streak.Reds prospect and rotation candidate Amir Garrett started the second inning bobbling C.J. Cron's comebacker to the
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A five-run second inning was the catalyst that gave the Angels a 9-0 victory over the Reds on Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. For Cincinnati, it snapped a five-game winning streak.
Reds prospect and rotation candidate Amir Garrett started the second inning bobbling C.J. Cron's comebacker to the mound and then made an errant throw that put Cron on second base. That led to a big rally, with Cron eventually stealing home on a well-executed double steal with Ben Revere to plate the first run.
As nine Angels batted in the inning, Kole Calhoun hit a two-run double to left-center field, and Michael Trout capped the inning with an RBI triple to the wall in center. It was a 2-for-4 day for Trout, who also hit a first-inning single.
All five runs were unearned against Garrett, who pitched 2 2/3 innings with seven hits, one walk and two strikeouts with a wild pitch.
"It sucks to see those runs go up on the board, earned or unearned," Garrett said. "I want to put my team in the best position to win. But we'll get back again in another five days."
Angels starter Ricky Nolasco gave up two hits over his three strong innings with one walk and one strikeout. Austin Adams replaced Nolasco and allowed just a walk in one inning.
"I was fighting a few things, hand was on the side of the ball a little bit, but that's what we're here for," said Nolasco, who threw 48 pitches in the outing. "So just trying to work on a few things, get the ups and just try to go out there and keep eating up some innings. Everything feels good. Obviously, still just trying to get everything in sync, but I'm happy where I'm at right now."
The Angels added three runs in the sixth inning against Reds bullpen candidate Austin Brice. Nolan Fontana added a solo homer in the ninth.
Angels Up Next: Right-hander Matthew Shoemaker will make his second Cactus League start Thursday when the Angels return to Goodyear Ballpark to face the Indians. Shoemaker gave up two runs over two innings in his spring debut against the Brewers last week. The game will be live on MLB.TV with the first pitch at 12:05 p.m. PT.
Reds Up Next: Regulars Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto and Zack Cozart will return to the starting lineup Thursday when the Reds play the A's at 3:05 p.m. ET in Mesa. Rotation candidate Tim Adleman, who worked three scoreless innings his last time out, will make the start for Cincinnati.
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.