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PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun put a ball in play, and then some.Braun hit a long third-inning home run against Reds left-hander Sean Marshall on Thursday, a blast that clanked high off the center field batters' eye. It snapped an 0-for-5 start to Braun's under-the-spotlight Spring Training, which began with four hitless at-bats with nary a ball hit between the foul lines. He joked then that Step 1 was putting a ball in play. Check. Braun flew out to center field in the first inning. In the third, he connected against Marshall. "We're making progress," Braun said. Manager Ron Roenicke figured it was a relief for Braun to get on the board. "He doesn't like to go one day without a hit," Roenicke said.