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Wang pitches at first Reds' pre-season win

LOS ANGELES -- Taiwanese right-hander Chien-ming Wang picked up his first win in three pre-season games as a reliever for the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, giving up only one hit in two scoreless innings and helping the Reds beat Oakland Athletics 7-6.

The 33-year-old induced five groundouts and one fly-out after taking the mound in the top of the sixth inning when the score was 5-5.

The Reds made it 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh, giving Wang his first win since he signed a Minor League contract with the team in December.

The contract included an invitation for him to take part in the Reds' spring training.

In his two previous outings this month, Wang yielded four runs (three earned) in five innings, allowing a total of nine hits while striking out seven.

Sunday's win made his record with the Reds 1-1 in the 2014 pre-season games.

In the game played in Goodyear, Arizona, Wang first induced a groundout from Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes, who went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Wang then allowed a hit by Derek Norris but grounded out the next two batters.

In the seventh inning, Wang retired three consecutive batters with one fly-out and two groundouts.

In another pre-season game, Taiwanese right-hander Cheng-chang Lee managed a second save, with the bases loaded in the ninth, in the Cleveland Indians' 3 2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The 27-year-old walked lead-off batter Dustin Geiger before allowing a hit by Christian Villanueva.

The bases were loaded with no outs and the score at 3-1 when shortstop Francisco Lindor booted a double-play ball, an infield grounder off Rubi Silva.

Lindor soon got another double-play chance, this time converted, even though Geiger made the score 3-2.

With two outs and one runner on third base, Lee finished the game by inducing a fly-out from Albert Almora.

"I thought he kept his wits about him real well," manager Terry Francona said of Lee.

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