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Stephenson reaches first career grand slam, Fairchild drives in two as the Reds beat the Angels 7-5

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tyler Stephenson hit his first career grand slam in the first inning, Stuart Fairchild scored two runs and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 on Saturday night to win the first two games of the three-game interleague series.

Graham Ashcraft pitched into the sixth inning for the Reds, who earned a 7-1 victory over the Angels on Friday night. The 26-year-old righthander allowed all five Angels runs and five hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Nick Martinez pitched three scoreless innings in relief, and Alexis Diaz paced the Angels in the ninth for his third save.

The Reds jumped all over Angels starter Patrick Sandoval in the first inning (1-3).

After giving up a runscoring double to Stuart Fairchild, Sandoval walked Jeimer Candelario and Elly De La Cruz, sandwiched around a strikeout by Christian Encarnacion-Strand. That set up Stephenson’s bases-loaded shot to right field, which landed just inside the foul pole on the roof of the bullpen.

Sandoval got through four innings, allowing seven runs and six hits, striking out six and walking five.

De La Cruz finished with a career-high four walks.

Miguel Sanó had three hits and completed a triple-shy of the cycle for the Angels. He hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning off Ashcraft. It was his first home run since April 15, 2022 for Minnesota off Boston’s Nick Pivetta.

Spencer Steer had three hits and scored twice for Cincinnati.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon left with a hamstring injury after hitting an infield single to start the game.

Red: 3B Jeimer Candelario and 1B Christian Encarnacion-Strand were back in the lineup after missing most of the week due to illness.

NEXT ONE

Reds right-hander Frankie Montas (2-2, 4.34 ERA) faces Angels right-hander José Soriano (0-2, 4.80 ERA) in the final of the three-game set.

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