03/17/12 7:49 PM ET
Phillips leads off with blast, Arroyo sharp in win
Cozart also comes up big with a three-run triple
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Phillips, the Reds second baseman, belted the second pitch of the game over the left-field wall to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead, and the Reds poured it on Jimenez and the Indians from there. Willie Harris doubled in a run in the second before Cozart began doing his damage.
The shortstop got a rally started in the third, hitting a leadoff triple against Jimenez and scoring two batters later on a Jay Bruce fielder's choice, and he added a three-RBI triple in the fourth inning.
Cozart also turned in the defensive play of the game, ending the third inning by diving to his left beyond second base to snare a Carlos Santana grounder and making a throw to beat the Cleveland catcher.
Catcher Devin Mesoraco padded the Reds' scoring with an RBI single in the fifth inning, helping his team's starter, Bronson Arroyo, who went four innings and gave up one run on four hits for the win. Jimenez gave up six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings and has a spring ERA of 9.31. Jimenez struck out four and walked four.
The Indians' first run came in the second inning, when Cristian Guzman led off with a single and Andy LaRoche doubled him in with one out. The Tribe cut the Reds' lead to 7-2 in the sixth when Santana made it to second on two-base error by second baseman Chris Valaika and Travis Hafner singled him in.
The Reds added two more runs in the ninth inning, when Valaika hit a two-out, bases-loaded single off Chris Ray.
Up next for Reds: When the Reds host the D-backs at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, third baseman Scott Rolen will enter the game batting .438 (7-for-16) in eight games, a positive sign after his injury-marred 2011 season. Mike Leake, who gave up four runs and eight hits over three innings vs. the Royals on Tuesday, returns for his fourth start of spring. Sean Marshall and Sam LeCure are expected to appear out of the bullpen.
Up next for Indians: Indians starter Josh Tomlin will try to rebound from a rough outing when he takes the hill against the Royals on the road at Surprise Stadium at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. Tomlin surrendered seven runs on eight hits in three innings in his last start against the Rangers and will be looking to throw more quality strikes. The Indians also will spend Sunday monitoring the progress of injured relievers Rafael Perez (left shoulder soreness) and Robinson Tejeda (strained right calf), who are scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game.