Red Sox continue late-inning attack, win 8-6

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Red Sox continue late-inning attack, win 8-6

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the first five innings, the Red Sox played as though they were hungover from their thrilling, extra-inning comeback win against the New York Yankees Sunday night.

They finally snapped awake to score seven runs over the final four innings, edging the Minnesota Twins 8-6. The only disappointment was that they didn't do so in time to earn Tim Wakefield his 200th career victory.

With the Sox leading 6-5 in the middle of the eighth, Alfredo Aceves allowed a run in the bottom of the inning, depriving Wakefield of his milestone win.

But the Sox roared back with two runs in the top of the ninth before Jonathan Papelbon slammed the door on the Twins for his 25th save.

David Ortiz led the way in Boston's 17-hit attack with a four hits, including a mammoth 428-foot two-run homer in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the ninth as the Sox took the lead for good.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits -- a solo homer following Ortiz's and an RBI-single in the two-run ninth. Marco Scutaro, who had four hits Sunday night, added three more in the victory.

Wakefield pitched seven innings and was charged with five runs, though only three were earned thanks to some sloppy play behind him.

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Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.