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Morse connects for 2 homers against Reds

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Morse hit two home runs, while Johnny Cueto made a brief but productive first spring start as the Giants rallied late for a 9-7 win over the Reds on Saturday in split-squad action.

Morse clubbed a solo homer that narrowly evaded Billy Hamilton's glove at the left-center-field fence in the second inning. He then blasted a ball that easily cleared the nearly 60-foot batter's eye that stands 430 feet from home plate in the fourth.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Morse hit two home runs, while Johnny Cueto made a brief but productive first spring start as the Giants rallied late for a 9-7 win over the Reds on Saturday in split-squad action.

Morse clubbed a solo homer that narrowly evaded Billy Hamilton's glove at the left-center-field fence in the second inning. He then blasted a ball that easily cleared the nearly 60-foot batter's eye that stands 430 feet from home plate in the fourth.

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"It felt good. It felt really good," said Morse, who has said he will retire if he doesn't make the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. "I hit it hard. It was only a matter of time before I started connecting. I feel like my swing is pretty good. I like where it's at."

Both homers came against Reds starter Scott Feldman.

"That one that Morse hit, I don't think you could hit a ball any harder than that," Feldman said of Morse's second blast. "It almost took my head off and still went over the batter's eye in center field."

Video: CIN@SF: Morse's second homer goes over batter's eye

Cueto got a delayed start to Spring Training after tending to his ailing father in the Dominican Republic, but he settled in over his two innings against the Reds. Cueto allowed a run on three hits in the first and then set down the Reds in order in the second.

"I felt awkward to start," Cueto said through a translator. "The second inning, I felt more comfortable and confident in my pitches."

Video: CIN@SF: Duvall's two-run homer adds to the Reds' lead

Adam Duvall had an RBI double against Cueto and a two-run homer that capped a four-run inning for the Reds against Matt Cain, who has yet to produce a scoreless outing this spring.

Feldman pitched 3 1/3 innings with four earned runs, six hits, three strikeouts and three home runs. The homers he allowed all came on breaking balls.

Video: CIN@SF: Feldman discusses difficult spring start

"My shoulder feels good, my arm feels good. Now it's about executing pitches," Feldman said. "Obviously, three home runs today -- those usually happen when you don't execute your pitches, especially out here in Arizona. I've got to get that stuff tightened up and out of the way now and work on some things in the bullpen, work on not hanging some breaking balls and kind of finishing that pitch a little better."

Up next for Reds: The battery of Bronson Arroyo and Devin Mesoraco will be making their Cactus League debuts when the split-squad Reds host the Brewers in Goodyear on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Arroyo is trying to make the pitching staff after two injured seasons out of the big leagues. Meanwhile at 4:10 p.m. in Scottsdale, Rookie Davis will be on the mound vs. the Rockies. Listen live to both games on Gameday Audio

Up next for Giants: Listen live on Gameday Audio as Matt Moore is slated to make his fourth Cactus League start on Sunday when the Giants host the D-backs at 1:05 p.m. PT at Scottsdale Stadium. Moore has allowed five runs on nine hits in seven innings this spring. Moore has struck out 10, but he has issued six walks.

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Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.

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.