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Athletics 7, Reds 3: Josh Donaldson homered to highlight a four-run third inning as host Oakland cruised to victory in the opener of an abbreviated two-game interleague series.
Josh Reddick had an RBI double, Seth Smith added a run-scoring single and Coco Crisp joined Donaldson by scoring twice as the Athletics improved to 15-5 in their last 20 contests versus National League representatives.
Joey Votto belted his 14th homer and Derrick Robinson had a career-high four hits for the Reds, who have been outscored 29-18 en route to losing four of their last five.
After jumping ahead 2-0 in the second inning, Oakland doubled its advantage as Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI single and Brandon Moss added a sacrifice fly in the third. Donaldson then stepped up and launched the first pitch from Bronson Arroyo (6-6) into the seats in left-center field for a towering two-run homer.
Pat Neshek (2-1) relieved starter Tommy Milone and allowed two hits in one scoreless inning to pick up the win. Neshek struck out Chris Heisey with the bases loaded to work out of a jam and the Athletics never looked back, securing their second win in six outings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati placed 2B Brandon Phillips on the paternity list and activated Heisey from the 15-day disabled list prior to the contest. Heisey, who had been sidelined with an injured right hamstring, completed a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville. ... Arroyo allowed seven runs on as many hits in four innings to take the loss. The seven runs were the most he allowed since yielding eight on July 1, 2011 versus Cleveland. ... Cespedes has hit safely in all eight of the Athletics' interleague games this season.