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Published On: Mar 01 2013 04:21:00 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 04:08:36 AM CDT

ROYALS: SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Ervin Santana pitched a pair of scoreless innings in his Royals debut, and Brett Hayes' eighth-inning homer helped Kansas City to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Chris Getz also homered for the Royals, who improved to 7-0-1 and remain the only team without a spring training loss. Salvador Perez drove in a run and also threw out two base runners. Mat Latos went two scoreless innings for Cincinnati in his first spring start. Backup catcher Devin Mesoraco and reserve outfielder Kristopher Negron hit solo homers. Santana, who was acquired from the Angels in a November trade, got off to a good start for Kansas City by retiring the side on six pitches in the first inning. He escaped a jam in the second when he struck out Zack Cozart to leave runners on second and third. CARDINALS: KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Joe Kelly opened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation with two hitless innings, and Adron Chambers hit a three-run homer in Friday's 8-8 tie against the Houston Astros. Among three candidates to replace the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cards' rotation, Kelly walked one hitter in each inning. Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma had two hits and drove in two runs each for the Cardinals, who have won five straight. Chris Carter homered for the Astros, a fifth-inning drive off closer Jason Motte. Brandon Barnes and Brandon Lair also homered for Houston. Houston starter Bud Norris struck out one and walked one in three innings, allowing Descalso's two-run single in the second. With Houston trailing by two runs in the ninth, Brandon Laird homered off Victor Marte leading off and Rene Garcia singled with one out. After a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Jackson, pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored on Marte's wild pitch.

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