Cron goes deep but Heaney struggles in loss

Angels top prospect felled by rough third inning

Cron goes deep but Heaney struggles in loss

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run and Brennan Boesch went 2-for-5 as the Reds beat the Angels, 8-6, on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Cincinnati's Jason Marquis continued his solid spring, working six innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts. Angels starter Andrew Heaney, the club's  No. 1 prospect per MLB.com, was once again burned by a big inning.

Reds third baseman Kristopher Negron knocked a one-out single in the third and Brandon Phillips drew a walk before Boesch laced a two-out, run-scoring double.

Dominguez followed with the backbreaker, a three-run homer to left field -- his third of the spring. The non-roster invitee continued his strong spring with a 4-for-5 day with four RBIs.

"He had a great day," Reds manager Bryan Price said about Dominguez. "Boesch and Dominguez had good, consistent at-bats. They're just doing some really good things. Brennan is hitting the left-handed pitching real well. We did some nice things there. Marquis pitched and gave us six pretty strong innings and we were able to hold on."

Heaney exited after five-plus innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out five.

Heaney fans Mesoraco

"It's the same story. It's like one thing or one pitch doesn't happen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think for the most part [he] showed a good fastball and he just put himself in a little bit of trouble."

The Angels got a long ball of their own in the fourth inning when C.J. Cron crushed a two-run shot beyond the left-field berm off Marquis.

Angels third baseman David Freese, playing in his first game since hyperextending his left elbow Tuesday, was 2-for-2.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left the game in the third inning with what a cramp in his left quad.

Up next: The Angels hit the road Monday after three straight home games and travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Mariners at 1:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Nick Tropeano, the club's No. 5 prospect per MLB.com, is scheduled to start. Tropeano is expected to start the year at Triple-A with the Angels beginning the year with four starting pitchers.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.