Gomes hits fourth homer of spring

Gomes hits fourth homer of spring

at Phoenix
Sunday, March 21

Reds at the plate: Jonny Gomes hit his fourth home run of the spring, a shot to left-center in the fourth frame, while going 1-for-2. Chris Dickerson, who tallied his sixth RBI of the spring, and Juan Francisco collected two hits apiece. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier also drove in runs.

Athletics at the plate: Adam Rosales went 1-for-2 with a walk and launched his second homer of the spring in the fifth after going 0-for-8 over his previous two games. Mark Ellis added a hit and scored two runs, one courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Kurt Suzuki. Also getting hits were Travis Buck, Anthony Recker, Landon Powell and Eric Patterson, who has hit safely in each of his past six games.

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Reds on the mound: Righty Johnny Cueto tossed four solid innings, giving up one run on two hits and three walks while fanning four. Fellow right-hander Jared Burton pitched the next two frames and watched two runs (one earned) cross the plate. He allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out two.

Athletics on the mound: Left-handed starter Dallas Braden surrendered three runs (two earned) while scattering eight hits and striking out six. The southpaw was followed by Michael Wuertz, who pitched an inning of relief in his Cactus League debut. The right-hander, who was sidelined with shoulder soreness for the first weeks of spring, gave up two hits and a run while walking one with a slider he described afterward as "nonexistent." Wuertz is still gaining full arm strength for that pitch, so he said he mostly threw changeups.

Worth noting: The A's committed three errors on the day, the first a missed catch from Braden, who admitted to being rather "embarrassed" by the mistake. "It's pretty disappointing considering [pitchers' fielding practice] is the first thing we work on before even getting our uniforms." Buck (fielding) and Steve Tolleson (throwing) were also charged with errors.

Cactus League records: Athletics 8-10-1; Reds 8-8-1

Up next: Lefty Brett Anderson is slated to make his fourth spring start Monday, but surely all eyes will be on right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who is scheduled to follow Anderson and make his Cactus League debut. The A's righty, sidelined all of last year after minor elbow surgery and a bout with clinical depression before undergoing a nerve ablation procedure the first week of camp, hopes to throw 60 pitches. Anderson, Duchscherer and the A's will travel to Peoria to take on the host Mariners beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Cuban sensation Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to get four innings of work from the bullpen when the Reds host the Rockies at 4:05 p.m. ET in Goodyear, Ariz. This will be Chapman's fourth outing of the spring. He has a 1.29 ERA with two walks and 10 strikeouts as he competes for the fifth spot of the rotation. Bronson Arroyo will start the game for Cincinnati and is expected to work five innings. Jorge De La Rosa is Colorado's scheduled starter. The game will be carried by MLB.TV, Fox Sports Ohio and 700 WLW.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.