Surprise, Ariz. 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.