SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Given another chance to make the Cincinnati Reds' opening-day roster, Jeff Francis responded with his best outing of the spring.
Francis allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings and the Reds routed the San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Saturday.
"That was big time right there," Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Francis' future with the Reds appeared in doubt Monday, when he yielded 11 runs and 11 hits in three innings against the Texas Rangers. The left-hander could have opted out of his minor league contract if he hadn't been added to the Reds' 25-man roster by Thursday but elected to remain with the club.
"It was better," Francis said. "I talked to (pitching coach) Bryan (Price) after (the last game) and I had better pitch selection early on. It got me in a better groove. Going seven innings is a sign that I'm ready for the season, wherever it is."
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