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Floyd pleased despite allowing four runs vs. Reds

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier combined for seven hits and five runs as the Reds rolled to a 7-3 victory over the split-squad White Sox on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

Choo added two stolen bases, while Frazier launched his first Cactus League home run on the first pitch of the fourth from Gavin Floyd. The White Sox right-hander gave up four runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one, but still felt positive about the afternoon's effort.

"I felt good. I felt like I made some good steps from last start," said Floyd, who also walked one. "I had command of the fastball and I tried to tackle them with that. I tackled them with all of my pitches.

"I'm throwing my fastball, slider, sinker, curveball, change. I'm trying to make pitches and act like it's a middle-of-the-season game. I'm trying to get prepared for the season. They just got some good hits off me."

Johnny Cueto got the start for the Reds and allowed two runs on three hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked three. The White Sox scored one in the second on Trayce Thompson's groundout and then added another in the fourth on Conor Gillaspie's opposite-field triple and Tyler Flowers' groundout.

While the Reds had control in Glendale, the White Sox beat the Mariners in Peoria, 11-7. Brent Morel, Stefan Gartrell and Gordon Beckham all went deep, while Dayan Viciedo and Seth Loman had three hits each.

Up next: With his new five-year, $32.5-million contract extension in hand, Chris Sale takes to the mound Monday against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch for his second Cactus League start. The first pitch is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. CT and will be broadcast as a whitesox.com webcast. Sale, who is on schedule to pitch Opening Day, last pitched on Wednesday's off-day in a simulated game against White Sox Minor Leaguers.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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