FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey pitched six scoreless innings, Will Middlebrooks had two extra-base hits and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday night in a spring training game.
Lackey, the team's No. 2 starter, gave up four hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his final tuneup for the regular season. He is scheduled to pitch the Red Sox's second regular-season game Wednesday in Baltimore. Left-hander Jon Lester will start the opener against the Orioles on Monday.
Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. He drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh and is batting .362 this spring (17-for-47).
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .054 (2 for 37) with 13 strikeouts.