3/22/2014 7:37 P.M. ET
Bernadina's hot spring continues as Reds top Cubs
Outfielder contributes three-run homer, RBI single to go along with Phillips' homer
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
MESA, Ariz. -- Roger Bernadina continued to make a case for a spot on the Reds roster.
Bernadina hit a three-run home run and an RBI single and Brandon Phillips added a solo homer in the ninth Saturday to lift the Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,241, two shy of the Cactus League record.
It was the third crowd over 15,000 at new Cubs Park, which opened this year. The Cubs set the Cactus League high 15,243, on Thursday against the Mariners, and have three home games remaining this spring.
Chicago's Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including a RBI double in the third and a RBI single in the fifth.
Edwin Jackson, who will follow Jeff Samardzija in Chicago's rotation when the season opens, gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out seven.
Kristopher Negron singled and Phillips walked with one out in the Reds' first, and one out later, they scored on Bernadina's home run. Bernadina now has hit safely in 12 of his 18 games.
"It's just a matter of location," Jackson said. "Overall, you continue to battle to keep the team in the game. They definitely made me work today, which was good. I needed to get some work in. If you're going to have a shaky start, I guess you'd rather have it in spring."
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the first and tallied on Nate Schierholtz's sacrifice fly to close to 3-1.
Bernadina, who is trying to make the Reds roster as an extra outfielder, delivered again in the third, hitting an RBI single with two outs, to go ahead 4-1. He now has eight RBIs and three home runs in his last six games.
"He put together a couple good at-bats today," Jackson said of Bernadina. "You just have to keep battling and keep the team in the game, and when you come out of the game, let the game be within striking distance."
Rizzo answered in the Chicago third with a one-out RBI double off lefty Tony Cingrani. Justin Ruggiano tripled with one out in the fifth and scored on Rizzo's single to close to 4-3.
Billy Hamilton tripled to open the Reds' seventh against Hector Rondon and scored on Negron's single.
Jackson found out Saturday where he would be slotted in the order. It didn't matter, the right-hander said.
"One, two, three, four, five -- we all have to have the demeanor that we're the ace that day," Jackson said. "When you have the ball, you have to be the best pitcher on the field. You can't worry about where you are in the rotation. As long as you know you're getting the ball every five days, you're giving your team a chance to win, that's the bigger picture."
Up next: Joey Votto is batting .233 this spring but has reached safely in nine of his 15 games. Following a day off, Votto is expected back in the lineup Sunday when the Reds host the Brewers Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Mike Leake will make the start against Milwaukee's Matt Garza.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.