Gonzalez Strikes Out Five In A’s Loss

PHOENIX (AP) — Jonny Gomes and Yonder Alonso both hit two-run homers in the fourth inning to lead a Cincinnati Reds split-squad to a 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

The Reds did not have a baserunner over the first three innings against Gio Gonzalez and Brett Anderson, before the Gomes and Alonso homers punctuated a six-hit inning against Anderson in the fourth.

Reds starter Mike Leake, vying for Cincinnati’s No. 5 starter job, gave up one run in two innings in his first start of the spring.

Gonzalez struck out five of the six batters he faced for the A’s. Anderson gave up four runs in two innings. Oakland’s two new free-agent relievers, Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour, each made their debuts. Fuentes pitched a scoreless inning and Balfour gave up three runs.

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