GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Matt Maloney pitched two scoreless innings in place of Cincinnati's opening-day starter Edinson Volquez and the Reds rallied for two runs in the ninth Sunday to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in the spring exhibition opener for Ohio's teams.
Volzquez couldn't pitch because he has not yet gotten his work visa approved by the U.S. government. The Dominican Republic native stayed back at the team's training facility and pitched two innings to minor leaguers. He has a travel visa but can't perform in games in front of paying customers.
Zack Cozart and Corky Miller drove in Cincinnati's runs in the ninth off Alex White.
Ezequiel Carrera hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.
Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was kept out because of a sore left elbow. Choo, who had Tommy John surgery in 2007, said he may have hyperextended his elbow while throwing. He'll DH on Monday against the Reds and hopes to play in the field later this week.