Rolen's torrid spring continues with first homer
Leake goes four solid innings before Reds allow seven-run sixth
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The D-backs sent 11 men to the plate during a seven-run rally in the sixth inning to take an 8-7 win from the Reds on Sunday during a cold, blustery day at Goodyear Ballpark.In the top of the sixth with Cincinnati leading, 5-1, Arizona took advantage of a miscue behind reliever Clay Zavada. With two men on, Ryan Roberts hit an RBI single lost in the swirling sky by center fielder Denis Phipps. Later with the bases loaded, Cody Ransom hit a three-run double to the left-field wall that tied the score. The go-ahead run scored with Sam LeCure on the mound when Ryan Wheeler reached on a two-base error by first baseman Miguel Cairo. Adam Eaton added a two-run triple that got past Phipps in right-center field to make it a three-run lead for the D-backs. It was a 1-1 game with one out in the bottom of the fourth when Scott Rolen took lefty Joe Paterson's first pitch deep to right field for a three-run home run. It was Rolen's first homer during a red-hot spring in which he's batting .444.
Before Paterson took over, D-backs starter Tyler Skaggs, the team's third-ranked prospect, struck out five without a walk over three innings. Skaggs gave up one run on two hits. After a Brandon Phillips leadoff double in the first inning, he scored on a two-out single by Ryan Ludwick."I threw everything pretty well today," Skaggs said. "I felt like my changeup was really good today and curveball was probably the best it's been so far. The fastball hit its spots sometimes, but I still need to work on some command issues. But other than that, I felt really good today."
Reds starter Mike Leake had a quality afternoon with one run and two hits allowed over four innings with one walk and one strikeout.Arizona got on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Eaton hit a two-out double to right-center field that scored Skaggs. Cincinnati took a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning. After Paul Janish's one-out double off the left-field wall put runners on second and third base, a Jason Lane wild pitch to Joey Votto scored Phillips from third base.
The Reds scored a pair of runs in the ninth, including one on Todd Frazier's fourth home run of the spring.
"It was a day of the elements," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We were very fortunate we got it in really. I didn't think we had a chance."
Up next for D-backs: After a split-squad afternoon on Sunday, the D-backs head to Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Monday to take on the A's. Right-hander Josh Collmenter (0-1, 13.50) takes the hill for Arizona against Oakland's Jarrod Parker (1-1, 2.45). Collmenter surrendered three hits and three runs (one homer) in two innings in his last outing, against the Rockies.
Up next for Reds: Homer Bailey will be back to make his fourth start of the spring on Monday as the Reds face the White Sox at 4:05 p.m. ET at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. Bailey is coming off of a six-run, six-hit outing over 2 1/3 innings on March 14 vs. the Dodgers. Nick Masset, who has not pitched since March 7 because of a shoulder injury, is expected to return and work one inning out of the bullpen.