TIGERS 8, REDS 5
at Lakeland, Fla.
Thursday, March 2
Tigers at the plate: Ivan Rodriguez, batting leadoff for the second consecutive day, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Reds starter Ben Kozlowski. His two-run single through the middle in the second inning broke open the game. Former Reds player Reggie Taylor hit a solo home run over the right-field scoreboard to break a 5-5 tie before Omar Infante added a two-run double.
Reds at the plate: Scott Hatteberg put Cincinnati on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Tony Womack had two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth inning. Former Tiger Jacob Cruz, fighting for a spot on the Reds roster, walked three times, doubled and scored in the sixth.
Tigers on the mound: Nate Robertson led off Detroit's Spring Training with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings without allowing a ball out of the infield. Roman Colon, one of four contestants for the fifth spot in the rotation, followed by giving up a run on two hits with two walks in two innings. Jason Grilli allowed two runs on four hits in two innings before Chad Durbin walked three straight batters in the seventh.
Reds on the mound: Kozlowski, making the start in place of Eric Milton, gave up Rodriguez's homer on his second pitch of the game, then surrendered a three-run second inning. Elizardo Ramirez gave up Rodriguez's last RBI single in the fourth inning for the only run he allowed. Ryan Wagner allowed three runs in the seventh thanks in part to two walks and a hit batter.
Up next: The Tigers and Reds play the back end of their home-and-home series Friday with a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Sarasota. Mike Maroth will make his first start of the spring for the Tigers against Cincinnati's Justin Germano. The game will be part a split-squad set for the Reds, who also visit the Twins in Fort Myers for a 1:05 p.m. ET start. Michael Gosling will make the start.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.