Final

Red Sox 5

(8-17, 3-11 away)

Reds 10

(18-11, 9-5 home)

6:05 PM ET, March 28, 2006

Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Florida 

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BOS 011011001 5 - -
CIN 00101503 - 10 - -

Cincinnati 10, Boston 5

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- David Ross, trying to make the Cincinnati Reds as a reserve catcher, hit a solo homer and a run-scoring single Tuesday night during an error-filled 10-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

A day after catcher Jason LaRue had minor surgery for torn knee cartilage, Ross made a good impression. Javier Valentin will become the starting catcher if LaRue is sidelined when the season opens next week. Ross and Dane Sardinha are vying for a backup role.

There were a lot of Red Sox fans in the capacity crowd of 7,624, the largest to see the Reds play during their nine years in Sarasota. Their top four crowds at Ed Smith Stadium have involved the Red Sox, whose training complex is 83 miles away in Fort Myers.

Boston's Manny Ramirez and Alex Cora hit solo homers off left-hander Dave Williams, who gave up three runs in five innings. Right-hander Matt Clement allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings, leaving during a five-run sixth inning prolonged by errors.

Boston made three errors during the game, which featured the Reds scoring runs on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch and a balk.

Mostly, the game amounted to a reunion for two players involved in a high-profile trade. The Red Sox traded right-hander Bronson Arroyo to the Reds for outfielder Wily Mo Pena a week earlier. They got to renew friendships during pregame batting practice.

While Red Sox took their turns in the batting cage, Arroyo mingled with his former teammates in the outfield, exchanging hugs and funny stories. He's looking forward to his last spring training start -- Thursday in Fort Myers against the Red Sox.

"Thursday's going to be beautiful," Arroyo said. "For one, it's my last start before the regular season, so I know I'm going to be jacked up more for this game than any other game, which will at least get me in a real-game mode. And, it's going to be fun to go against your old teammates."

Pena started in right field Tuesday and made a nice play on Adam Dunn's one-hop drive off the wall, holding him to a single with a quick, accurate throw. Pena popped out, doubled, walked and struck out.

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