White Sox 5, Reds 5

Brandon Phillips got his first two hits of spring training,

including a two-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds blew a four-run

lead in the ninth on Sunday before settling for a 5-5 tie with the

Chicago White Sox.

The second baseman was 0 for 14 before he singled home Drew

Stubbs. Phillips added a two-run homer off J.J. Putz in the seventh

inning, putting the Reds ahead 5-1.

“Brandon got going today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I knew

he didn’t have a hit, but he was hitting the ball well. He wasn’t

just topping the ball.”

Minor league reliever Jordan Smith started the ninth for

Cincinnati and retired the first two batters. He gave up a walk and

four consecutive hits, including three doubles. The managers

decided to call it after nine innings because they had used all

their pitchers.

“It shows you the importance of the walk,” Baker said. “Even

if you have a big lead, you don’t want to put runners on. He’ll

learn from this. He has the stuff and doesn’t like to get hit. But

if he’s going to be a closer (eventually), he has to learn.”

Chicago starter John Danks struggled, giving up six hits, four

walks and three runs – two earned – in 3 2-3 innings. Danks has

been refining his pitches and wasn’t too concerned about the


“I’ve been concentrating on getting my curveball over and

getting left-handed hitters out,” Danks said. “This is the part

of spring training that it gets a little monotonous. You have to

catch yourself and make sure you don’t go through the motions. My

line doesn’t look real well, but we got done what we wanted


Left-hander Matt Maloney, who is competing for the fifth spot in

Cincinnati’s rotation, gave up three hits in three scoreless

innings, improving his chances. Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman also

is in the competition for the final spot.

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” Maloney said. “I’ve

learned from the last two springs that the more I think about

things I can’t control, the worse I’m going to be. The competition

is nice to see. Sometimes it can put a little pressure on guys, but

you see what people are made of when they’re put in a situation

like that.”

Putz, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract last December

to fill a setup role, allowed his first runs of the spring. He

threw a scoreless inning in each of his first three


NOTES: RH Aaron Harang, scheduled to start the Reds’ season

opener, pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings in a “B” game against the

Cleveland Indians earlier in the day. Harang allowed two hits and

two walks. … Reds utility player Chris Burke singled during the

“B” game. It was his first appearance since he broke a knuckle in

his right ring finger during a drill on Feb. 25. … Brothers John

and Jordan Danks started against the Reds. Jordan is a non-roster

outfielder with the White Sox.