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04/01/12 7:20 PM ET
Latos looks solid but Reds drop slugfest
Starter works 5 2/3 innings; Bray roughed up in relief
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A three-run home run by Dayan Viciedo in the sixth inning propelled the White Sox to a 13-10 win over the Reds on Sunday. White Sox starter Jake Peavy gave up four runs and seven hits over four innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Reds starter Mat Latos, who did not miss an assignment after straining his left calf in his previous start, pitched 5 2/3 innings. Latos gave up five earned runs and eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The White Sox got to Latos in the sixth after a Paul Konerko leadoff single. Alexei Ramirez followed with a ground ball to shortstop Paul Janish, but second baseman Miguel Cairo couldn't hold the ball to complete a double-play throw to first base. A.J. Pierzynski followed with a double that first appeared to be a home run to right field. Viciedo caught a break however when his apparent foul ball toward left field blew back into play and cleared the fence for a three-run homer.
"It definitely feels good," Viciedo said of his first spring homer. "I wasn't looking for a home run. It's one of those things that I started off Spring Training a little bit slow. I've been working on things and as the games have continued to progress, I'm feeling better." The White Sox pulled away with a six-run seventh, highlighted by a two-run single from Brent Lillibridge, a Tyler Flowers RBI double and Erik Morrison's two-run triple. Chicago took an early 2-0 lead against Latos with one run in the first inning and one more in the second. Konerko's two-out double to left field scored Alejandro De Aza in the top of the first. In the second, Pierzynski hit a leadoff single and later scored from third base on a sacrifice fly to left field by Gordon Beckham. "Latos threw the ball good today," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "His velocity wasn't as good, but his breaking ball was better. I didn't see any signs of the calf [injury]. ... This was a Wrigley Field wind blowing out game." In the Reds' second inning against Peavy, Donald Lutz hit a leadoff double and scored from third on Todd Frazier's infield hit. Rookie Devin Mesoraco stroked an RBI triple to right field. The bottom of the third featured a two-run single up the middle by Ryan Ludwick, who later homered, that scored Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Up next for Reds: Batting .358 during a solid spring, Jay Bruce, along with the rest of the Reds, will cap his camp against the Indians on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark. The Cactus League finale, live on Gameday Audio, begins at 3:05 p.m. ET. Bronson Arroyo will make his final tuneup and be opposed by Josh Tomlin.