De La Rosa's first task was to call his wife, Laura. She usually attends games, but could not find a ride Thursday from the team hotel.
De La Rosa hit one of eight home runs in the annual charity game between the Cactus League's two Phoenix-based teams. Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee hit consecutive pitches for homers in the fifth inning as the Brewers rallied back from a 7-0 deficit. Erick Almonte hit a game-tying two-run home run in the fifth inning and another catcher, Mike Rivera, hit a solo homer in the eighth. McGehee's solo shot was his third home run in two days.
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For Oakland, Andy LaRoche and Josh Willingham homered in a seven-run second inning, and Matt Carson snapped a 7-7 tie with a solo homer in the sixth.
Coco Crisp had two hits and an RBI in his return to action for the A's after apologizing earlier in the day for his arrest this week on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Five of Oakland's seven runs in the second inning were charged to Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf, who allowed three hits, one walk and hit a batter in his Cactus League debut. He faced five batters in the second inning and did not retire any of them before exhausting his allotment of pitches.
"In Spring Training, if I would have gone out and thrown two perfect innings, I wouldn't have been too excited," Wolf said. "So if I have a bad inning, I'm not going to be pouting about it, especially when it's the first week in March. You always want to go out there and do well, keep the ball down and throw the ball where you want to. Today, I didn't do that obviously.
"Don't get me wrong, we care. You get taken out of the game -- you don't want that to happen. You're embarrassed. But you have to put things in perspective."
The Brewers got back five runs in the bottom of the third inning against A's starter Trevor Cahill and former Milwaukee farmhand Joe Bateman. Carlos Gomez hit an RBI double and Braun and McGehee followed with homers on consecutive pitches.
A's right fielder Carson provided the game's defensive gem, a catch at the right-field wall in the fourth inning that robbed Brewers catcher Wil Nieves of a hit. Carson made the catch just before he crashed into the padded wall.
Two innings later, he hit a go-ahead home run off Brewers reliever Brandon Kintzler, but the lead didn't last.
Up next for A's:
The A's are home at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against American League West rival Texas on Friday. Dallas Braden is slated to go against C.J. Wilson in a battle of left-handers. The date against the defending AL champs opens a five-game homestand for the A's at Muni with the Giants, Brewers, Mariner and Padres following the Rangers.
Up next for Brewers:
Closer John Axford, set back early in camp by a bout of food poisoning, is penciled in for his Cactus League debut on Friday when the Brewers play the Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Axford got sick after a Valentine's Day sushi dinner with wife Nicole, and was brought back slowly by the Brewers while he regained strength. Right-hander Tim Dillard is starting for Milwaukee against former Brewer Jeff Suppan in a game to be broadcast by Bob Uecker and Corey Provus on the Brewers Radio Network.