GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Taking their cue from the weather, which turned from a morning marked by torrential downpours into a sunny Cactus League afternoon, the White Sox turned the tables on the Reds, overcoming a four-run deficit to mount a lead and ride it to a 10-9 victory, giving them
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Taking their cue from the weather, which turned from a morning marked by torrential downpours into a sunny Cactus League afternoon, the White Sox turned the tables on the Reds, overcoming a four-run deficit to mount a lead and ride it to a 10-9 victory, giving them three straight games without a loss.
The Reds opened the first frame swinging, showing the offensive thump it would take to turn the tide on their winless start in the Cactus League -- an 0-5 record that is their worst start ever in Arizona and their worst since an 0-5 start in the Grapefruit League with replacement players playing in 1995. Their four-run first was fueled by a two-run double from left fielder Adam Duvall and a two-run homer onto the right-center concourse by designated hitter Ryan Raburn.
"I'm just trying to hit the ball hard," Raburn said of his opposite-field shot. "I'm not really worrying too much about results. Results are nice, but right now I'm just working on timing and getting ready for the year."
Much of the White Sox counterpunch came from a single swing off the bat of center fielder Leury Garcia. Garcia laced a two-run double in the top of the fifth to bring the Sox within one, then doubled to left-center in the seventh to solidify a two-run lead that grew by two more runs before the inning was over.
Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez struggled through 1 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk. The bullpen shut down the Reds for the next five innings, with Zach Putnam, Giovanni Soto, Tyler Danish and Michael Ynoa all putting up goose eggs.
Cincinnati was inconsistent on the mound, getting a solid pair of innings from starter Brandon Finnegan, who relied entirely on his fastball and changeup. The Reds' bullpen yielded six runs in 1 2/3 innings, including three runs on three hits allowed by Drew Storen and three runs on three hits given up by Nefi Ogando; both were making their Reds debut.
White Sox Up Next:James Shields makes his first start of the spring as the White Sox play host to the D-backs with a 2:05 p.m. CT first pitch at Camelback Ranch. Jake Petricka also will be making his Cactus League debut, with Player Page for David Robertson, Nate Jones and Zack Burdi scheduled to take the mound.
Reds Up Next: Reds fans can look to Wednesday's 3:05 p.m. ET game against the Brewers in Maryvale for Zack Cozart's Cactus League debut. Cozart was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to concerns about the wet field and his recovery from the patellar tendinitis in his right knee that sidelined him for the final 21 games of the 2016 season. "He's not an injured player," manager Bryan Price said. "He had an injury, he had some issues with that last year, and I'm not going to be reckless."
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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com.