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Suarez, Raburn homers spark Reds' offense

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Reds claimed a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Mike Moustakas, back at DH after playing his first Cactus League game at third base on Monday, hit his first spring homer in his first at-bat for the Royals. And outfielder Billy Burns homered as well, his first since Sept. 25, 2015, when he was with the A's.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Reds claimed a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Tuesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Mike Moustakas, back at DH after playing his first Cactus League game at third base on Monday, hit his first spring homer in his first at-bat for the Royals. And outfielder Billy Burns homered as well, his first since Sept. 25, 2015, when he was with the A's.

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It was tied at 3 with two out in the fifth when Suarez lifted an 0-1 pitch from right-hander Chris Young to right-center for the homer that put Cincinnati ahead by two runs. It was Suarez's second homer of the spring. Young also gave up Ryan Raburn's fourth-inning solo homer to left field on a 1-0 pitch.

The Reds added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, which proved key when reliever Lisalverto Bonilla had the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth. Bonilla escaped with a game-ending double play as Cincinnati won its fifth consecutive game after going 0-6 to start the spring.

"We were able to get to the power a little bit with Raburn and Suarez, and hit some balls on the screws," manager Bryan Price said. "And again, that second-tier [of subs] comes in and adds some runs, got some big knocks. Those add-on runs made a difference in that situation for Bonilla to not have to come in there in a one-run ballgame."

Left-hander Travis Wood, fighting for the No. 5 spot in the Royals' rotation with Young and Nathan Karns, went 2 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

Young pitched three innings and yielded three earned runs, three hits and one walk to go with five strikeouts.

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Reds prospect Sal Romano allowed Moustakas' homer -- his only run given up over three innings with two hits and four strikeouts. Reliever Michael Lorenzen followed and gave up two earned runs and three hits over 1 2/3 innings. Burns hit a 3-2 pitch off of Lorenzen for his homer to right field.

"That was really cool to see Billy get his first homer," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He smoked it. And good to see Moose get that first one out of the way."

Joey Votto had two singles and he also made a slick defensive play. On Raul Mondesi's slow grounder to first base in the fifth, Votto charged the ball and made a no-look flip with his glove to Lorenzen covering the bag for the putout.

Up next for Royals: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, likely the No. 2 starter in the rotation, will get the start for the Royals in an exhibition game against Venezuela of the World Baseball Classic at 2:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium. The Royals will go up against two teammates for Venezuela -- catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Up next for Reds: Watch live on MLB.TV as top pitching prospect Amir Garrett will get another chance to make his bid for the rotation when the Reds face the Angels on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. ET. Garrett worked three scoreless innings in his previous outing. Also due to pitch are Drew Storen and Austin Brice.

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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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.