Aroldis Chapman pitched five strong innings and hit a run-scoring double as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 in Phoenix, Ariz, on Thursday.
Trying to earn a spot in the Reds' rotation after relieving last year, Chapman gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out six. He did not issue a walk for his second straight game, covering 10 innings.
Brewers lefty Randy Wolf gave up 12 hits and seven runs.
Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier each had three hits Juan Francisco homered for the Reds.
Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 2: Anthony Gose stole second, third and home to score the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat Boston in Fort Myers, Fla., to extend the Blue Jays' spring-training winning streak to 10. Toronto set a team record with 22 spring-training wins.
"I never saw anybody steal second, third and home in the same inning in my career," Blue Jays Manager John Farrell said. "He is obviously exciting. He can take over on the base paths. He has a combination of pure speed, plus the ability to read some things. You just turn him loose. He's a pure base stealer.
Gose had four stolen bases in the game, and has seven during spring training.
White Sox 3, Dodgers 1: Chris Sale struck out Matt Kemp three times, and then Matt Thornton whiffed last season's runner-up for National League MVP in the ninth in Chicago's win over Los Angeles in Glendale, Ariz. Kemp has struck out 21 times in 52 at-bats this spring. "It would concern me if he took it half-heartedly," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp. "Obviously, I would like him to be hitting and not striking out. But he has been asking me for more at-bats."
Mets 9, Astros 1: David Wright hit a grand slam and Mike Pelfrey had his best outing of the spring as New York beat Houston in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Pelfrey came into the game with a 11.49 ERA but gave up just one run on three hits in 61⁄3 innings.
Around the majors
Phillies: Juan Pierre made Philadelphia's opening-day roster. The Phillies selected the contract of the 34-year-old outfielder from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Cubs: Two players the Reds traded for Sean Marshall — lefty Travis Wood and outfielder Dave Sappelt — were among nine players sent to the minors by Chicago. Right-hander Randy Wells, a 12-game winner in 2009, also failed to make the club.
Indians: All-Star closer Chris Perez, out since February with a strained left oblique, pitched a perfect inning in his spring debut.
Police: Twins' Pavano targeted in extortion plot
A high school classmate of Twins pitcher Carl Pavano threatened to reveal an alleged homosexual relationship they had and to write a book about it unless Pavano apologized to him and bought him a navy Range Rover SUV with tan leather, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by police in Connecticut.
Police in Pavano's hometown of Southington, about 18 miles southwest of Hartford, said in the affidavit that they began investigating the allegations after Pavano's sister, Michelle DeGennaro, complained in December that she had received several troublesome Facebook messages from the classmate, Christian Bedard. DeGennaro told police that Bedard made up a bogus story about having a relationship with her brother in an attempt to extort her family.