Rangers homer five times in win over Reds

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez advanced his fifth-starter candidacy with five scoreless innings, while Texas clubbed five homers -- four off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani -- in a 12-5 victory on Thursday afternoon.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, in his fourth game since returning from left hip surgery, had a double in three at-bats and is 4-for-9 so far this spring. He has two doubles and two home runs.

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Gonzalez allowed just one hit, a double by third baseman Eugenio Suarez. He walked three, struck out two and threw 72 pitches. Using his power sinker, Gonzalez recorded nine outs via ground balls, including a double play.

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"I was finally able to do what I've been preaching," Gonzalez said. "Thow strikes, quality strikes, get ahead and I got a couple of punchouts. It gives me confidence I have the answers when I'm doing bad. I was down in the zone, that was the key."

Gonzalez outpitched DeSclafani, who allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up home runs to Adrian Beltre, Justin Ruggiano -- who hit two off DeSclafani -- and Mitch Moreland. The right-hander has allowed 18 runs in his last 17 innings.

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"I don't know how to describe this outing," DeSclafani said. "I felt good. I felt like I had everything working. ... I've been trying to do a bunch of things this Spring Training as far as throwing different pitches in different counts. Stuff like that."

Ronald Guzman added an impressive three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh off Jumbo Diaz, his first of the spring.

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Up next for the Reds: The Reds will be back at Goodyear Ballpark on Friday to face the Rockies in a 4:05 p.m. ET start, live on MLB.TV. Raisel Iglesias will start against Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa. Manager Bryan Price said he expects Brandon Phillips back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore neck. Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce all had a scheduled off-day on Thursday.

Up next for Rangers: Left-hander Cole Hamels will start against the Padres at 8:05 p.m. CT on Friday in Surprise. The Rangers announced on Wednesday that Hamels will be their Opening Day starter and has two starts left in Spring Training. Nick Martinez, who is trying to win a spot in the rotation, is also scheduled to pitch. The game can be heard live on Gameday Audio.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.