Reddick robs pair of homers as A’s rout Giants 

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  • A’s right fielder Josh Reddick climbs the wall and snags a fly ball off the bat of the Giants’ Michael Morse during the fourth inning of a Cactus League game.
Josh Reddick made two highlight-reel catches to take away homers from Michael Morse, while Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt each drove in two runs during a six-run fourth inning against Giants closer Sergio Romo as the A’s opened Cactus League play with a 10-5 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

“We were getting challenged right away,” said Reddick, who also drove in a run. “That first one got my heart pumping a little bit.”

Morse hit the ball hardest of any Giants starting position player without anything to show for it.

In his first two at-bats, in the second and the fourth innings, he hit drives that were headed over the fence in right field, but Reddick reached over the wall to catch both.

Yoenis Cespedes also drove in two runs as the A’s won their first spring opener in three years and their second in 10 years.

Alberto Callapso, John Jaso and Michael Taylor also drove in runs. Sam Fuld and Nick Punto each added two hits.

Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for the Giants. Yusmeiro Petit took the loss, allowing four runs — three earned — on five hits in one inning.

Reddick said the first of his two sensational catches, in which he climbed the 10-foot fence in right field to snag a ball that was clearly over the fence, was the best he’s ever made.

“I don’t know how I did it,” Reddick said. “When I got to the fence and climbed it, I looked back and the ball was already two feet over my head. I was lucky enough to get my glove on it.”

After the second one, which was similar, Morse raised his arms in disbelief: “I was like, ‘I thought we were friends.’ I know Reddick and he takes his defense so seriously,” Morse said.

Romo had a forgettable outing Wednesday. The closer, who saved 38 games and finished with a 2.54 ERA last season, gave up seven hits and six runs in one inning of work.

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