Papi, Reddick go deep in loss to Orioles
Wakefield struggles, allows runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings
ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 4
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Monday, March 15
Orioles at the plate: Baltimore banged out nine hits over the first three innings against Boston starter Tim Wakefield, highlighted by Luke Scott's three-run homer, his first of the spring, in the third. Scott also drove in the first run of the game with a first-inning sacrifice fly and doubled in the fourth. Brandon Snyder doubled and then hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, his first of the spring.Red Sox at the plate: Designated hitter David Ortiz went deep for the first time this spring, taking a 3-1 pitch with a runner aboard into the right-field bleachers in the bottom of the third to cut the Orioles' lead to 5-2. He went 2-for-2 with a walk. Josh Reddick hit his first homer of the spring as well, a two-run shot Orioles on the mound: Baltimore sent a pair of starters to the mound against Boston. Brad Bergesen went first, yielding two runs on five hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings. After Cla Meredith finished off the third, Chris Tillman began the fourth. Like Bergesen, he gave up a pair of runs over 2 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and walking three. Red Sox on the mound: Wakefield didn't have his best knuckler, giving up five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. Jonathan Papelbon tossed another perfect inning and has now allowed just one hit over five innings this spring. Hideki Okajima allowed his first run of the spring in the sixth. Worth noting: The sellout crowd at City of Palms Park -- the 94th consecutive Grapefruit League full house -- rose to its feet when Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky was introduced as being in attendance. Sitting in a box behind home plate up the third-base line a bit, the 80-year-old rose to his feet and waved to the appreciative crowd. The ovation lasted a couple of minutes and included members of the Red Sox from the dugout. Grapefruit League records: Orioles 4-8; Red Sox 8-4 Up next: The Red Sox will have a pair of split-squad games on the road on Tuesday. Jon Lester will lead the crew headed to Kissimmee, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET meeting with the Astros. The game will be a reunion between Boston and former bench coach Brad Mills, now Houston's manager. The other half of the team will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., for a 7:05 p.m. tilt against the Rays. Lefty Felix Doubront gets the start against Tampa Bay, facing rookie Wade Davis.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.