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Vanden grad Negron revels in 1st homer with Reds

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From page B2 | July 20, 2014 |

Kris Negron

Cincinnati Reds' Kristopher Negron bats in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Cincinnati. Negron grounded out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

CINCINNATI — Kris Negron waited a long time for his first major league home run. When it came, he was in a hurry to celebrate with his teammates.

The Vanden High graduate hit a three-run homer, All-Star Todd Frazier added a two-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds rolled into the break with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 10 for his first appearance in the majors since playing four games in 2012, Negron hit an opposite-field homer to right off Francisco Liriano in the second inning.

The RBIs were the first of his career, and the hit was his second.

“Negron is a tempo guy,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “You could tell it was a surreal moment for him because he was flying around the bases. It was a lifetime achievement.

Negron has been in professional baseball for nine years. He was promoted from the minors when second baseman Brandon Phillips was put on the disabled list with torn ligaments in his left thumb.

“I was so amped up that I was around the bases as quickly as I could be,” Negron said. “I love playing this game. You have your ups and downs but you have to keep playing. I’m not thinking about how long I’m going to be here. I’m just blessed with the opportunity and I’m going to keep playing whenever my number is called.”

The game was delayed by rain for 56 minutes with Pittsburgh batting in the top of the fifth.

Frazier lined a drive just inside the right-field foul pole on the first pitch from Vance Worley in the sixth to help the Pirates finish 2-5 on their road trip.

“They got two good swings,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “We came in and looked at Frazier’s home run. That was a good piece of hitting. We had something going after the rain delay. We were one pitch away from popping it. We weren’t able to get that big swing.”

 

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