Bruce picks up RBI, Leake solid but Reds fall to Indians

Bruce picks up RBI, Leake solid but Reds fall to Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Using a pair of home runs from Ryan Rohlinger and Michael Brantley, the Indians picked up a 4-3 victory over the Reds on Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark.

It was a 1-1 game in the top of the fifth when Rohlinger began the inning by hitting a 0-1 Mike Leake pitch to left field for his third homer of the spring. The lead stretched in the seventh when Brantley hit a two-run homer to right field against reliever Pedro Villarreal.

In his final tune-up before he gets the ball in their April 10 home opener, Indians starter Zach McAllister tossed 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned run and nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

"I'm excited," McAllister said after his final outing of the spring. "I think I accomplished a lot of the things that I wanted to in spring so far. I'm looking forward to getting started."

McAllister said he is looking forward to taking the ball for the Indians in their home opener.

"It's going to be awesome," he said.

"After seeing them in the past, it's an exciting time. It's a playoff atmosphere for that opening day. Anyone that doesn't get excited about being able to play in that type of game, I think you might need to change professions or something."

"He came in on a mission," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "And, it's funny, because I remember talking to [Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway] this winter. He said, he goes, 'Zach's going to come in raring to go.' he had some ups and downs last year and he worked so hard. He's overpowering with his fastball, and his touch and feel on his offspeed has been really good. Because of that, he's been pretty dominating."

After a pair of one-out singles in the bottom of the first inning by Zack Cozart and Joey Votto, Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.

For his last spring game, Leake worked five innings and allowed two earned runs and seven hits with two walks and one strike.

Cleveland got on the scoreboard in the fourth with a game-tying, two-out RBI single by Roberto Perez that scored Brantley.

The Reds finished their Cactus League schedule with a 14-13-3 record while the Indians (14-16-1) have one more game in Arizona on Friday.

Up next: Although the Cactus League slate is behind the them, the Reds will play the first of two more exhibition games vs. the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Canadian and Toronto native Joey Votto will headline the lineup Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET while Jason Marquis will take the mound for the start, which you can watch for free on MLB.TV. Aroldis Chapman, Burke Badenhop and Tony Cingrani are also expected to pitch. For Chapman, it will be his first outing since facing one batter on Tuesday in Milwaukee. Mark Buehrle is Toronto's scheduled starter.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.