SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Reds haven't hit much this spring (.235) so you had to figure they wouldn't have much luck against Rangers ace Yu Darvish Monday.
Oddly, they got two runs and five hits off Darvish in five innings. But four Rangers relievers shut out the Reds over the last four innings in an 8-2 victory.
The Reds' eighth loss in their last nine games dropped their spring training record to 4-10. They have been outscored 20-3 in their last three games.
Darvish retired the first nine Reds before Billy Hamilton got on with a bunt single to lead off the fourth and scored on Jay Bruce's RBI double. Ramon Santiago hit an RBI double in the fifth.
Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up two runs in four innings on three hits, including a homer by Jurickson Profar. Bailey struck out five and walked none.
Jeff Francis gave up two runs in two innings, and the Rangers scored four runs off in two-thirds of an inning off Curtis Patch.
Rangers centerfielder Shin Soo-Choo, hitting .176, sat out for the second straight game with a sore left arm.
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