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Reds hit 4 home runs in 7-7 tie with Indians

Sunday - 3/17/2013, 7:30pm  ET

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson delivers against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GARY SCHATZ
Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Xavier Paul and Todd Frazier homered in Cincinnati's five-run first inning against Cleveland opening-day starter Justin Masterson before the Reds and Indians tied 7-7 in a game called after nine innings Sunday.

Paul connected after singles by Zack Cozart and Joey Votto. Frazier's shot followed a walk to Jay Bruce. It was the second home run of the spring for both players.

Masterson got through the rocky first and pitched shutout ball from there. He went four innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander whiffed four of his last six batters.

Reds starter Mat Latos, who struggled early in his previous two starts, retired his first four batters. But he gave up an unearned run in the third and two runs in the fourth. Latos went five innings, yielding six hits and striking out three.


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