Cueto strong outside of two solo homers
Reds rally with three home runs in five-run eighth
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds slugged three home runs during a five-run bottom of the eighth inning to take a 6-5 win from the Indians on Friday afternoon.Facing Indians reliever Dan Wheeler, who was informed earlier in the day that he made the 25-man roster, Todd Frazier started the rally with a solo home run to right field -- his club-leading fifth of the spring. The next batter, Juan Francisco, made it back-to-back long balls with a homer to right field -- his fourth during camp. After Willie Harris scored on Ryan Ludwick's RBI double to left field, Minor Leaguer Ryan LaMarre put Cincinnati ahead with a two-run home run to left field. Reds starter Johnny Cueto gave up two homers on what was otherwise a fine afternoon for the Cincinnati right-hander. Cueto gave up two runs and four hits over six innings with one walk, one hit batter and three strikeouts.
"I am ready for Opening Day," said Cueto, who will start on April 5 against the Marlins.Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez, who is battling for the fifth spot in the rotation against Kevin Slowey, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and four strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Gomez injured his hip covering first base when Jay Bruce grounded into a double play. Cleveland trainer Lonnie Soloff confirmed that Gomez exited the game with a hip injury. The Indians added three runs in the top of the seventh inning, with the big hit being Jose Lopez's two-run double to the wall in left-center field. Cincinnati scored its first run in the fifth inning after Devin Mesoraco hit a leadoff double to left-center field. Mesoraco advanced to third on a Cueto sacrifice and scored on Paul Janish's RBI groundout to the shortstop.
Up next: As the Opening Day roster gets closer to being finalized, Saturday could be a pivotal outing for Reds pitcher Jeff Francis when he faces the Giants at 6:05 p.m. ET in Scottsdale. Francis, who gave up 11 earned runs and 11 hits over three innings in his last start, could have a chance at the final bullpen spot. There are currently 12 pitchers on the roster, although Francis has never worked as a reliever in his career. Left-handers Bill Bray and Sean Marshall will see action from the bullpen. San Francisco will start Ryan Vogelsong.