Grapefruit League game roundup: March 17
MAR 17, 2013 4:12p ET
Astros 11, Blue Jays 2
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carter had two home runs and five RBIs Sunday, leading the Houston Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2.
Carter hit two-run homers in the third and fifth innings against Brandon Morrow, raising his spring training total to four. He also hit into a run-scoring forceout in the first.
Jason Castro hit a solo homer in the sixth against Brett Cecil, and Brandon Laird had a solo drive in the seventh off Claudio Vargas,
Justin Maxwell doubled and tripled off Morrow, who gave up seven runs -- six earned -- and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Houston's Bud Norris allowed three hits and struck out five in six innings, giving up consecutive sacrifice flies by Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis in the third. Erik Bedard followed with one-hit relief, striking out five in three innings.
Orioles (ss) 7, Twins 1
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Lew Ford drove in three runs and Steve Johnson pitched four scoreless innings to help a Baltimore Orioles split squad beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday.
Ford, a non-roster outfielder, is batting .483 this spring. Wieters is hitting .500. J.J. Hardy, who was 1 for 21 entering the game, also had a home run.
Johnson, one of several pitchers competing for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore's rotation, allowed three hits and walked one. He struck out two.
Twins starter Vance Worley, who could get the ball on opening day, gave up three runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Brandon Boggs homered with two outs in the ninth for Minnesota's only run.
Marlins 6, Cardinals 0
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco returned to top form with six sharp innings and Giancarlo Stanton returned from the World Baseball Classic to help the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Sunday.
The Marlins likely opening day starter gave up seven runs on eight hits in three innings Tuesday against Houston. He was back on track Sunday, striking out five and scattering six hits. He did not walk a batter.
Stanton was back in the lineup after the United States was eliminated in the WBC. Batting third, the Marlins' star right fielder doubled, singled and walked in four plate appearances.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn was ineffective for 3 2-3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.
Braves 2, Mets 1
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Julio Teheran struck out seven in six innings, Chris Johnson homered and Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-1.
Bidding to earn the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation, Teheran allowed a leadoff homer to Jordany Valdespin, then gave up just two more hits. He walked two.
Johnson homered in the fourth, his third of spring training.
Jonathon Niese gave up just the one run and two hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one. Scott Rice allowed Freeman's go-ahead hit.
Phillies 5, Orioles (ss) 3
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Roy Halladay left after one inning because of a stomach virus in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-3 win over a Baltimore Orioles' split squad on Sunday.
Halladay allowed one hit and a walk. He was sweating profusely when he was pitching and at one point bent over behind the mound.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was roughed up in his previous start and said he felt "lethargic" afterward. He insisted he had no injury. Halladay missed almost two months last year with a shoulder problem.
Zach Miner took over for Halladay in the second inning and allowed one run on four hits in two innings.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer for the Phillies -- homering on St. Patrick's Day for the third straight year.
Red Sox 5, Rays 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Jon Lester pitched six perfect innings and combined with his bullpen to hold the Tampa Bay Rays without a baserunner until one out in the ninth, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-1 victory Sunday.
Jason Bourgeois reached on an infield hit to second baseman Jonathan Diaz in the ninth against Marco Duarte, Boston's fourth pitcher. Bourgeois advanced on Christian Vazquez's two-out passed ball and scored on Cole Figueroa's double.
Lester, Boston's projected opening-day starter, struck out six and threw 53 of 79 pitches for strikes. He allowed allowed two runs, six hits and four walks over five starts and 20 innings, striking out 16.
Jonny Gomes was 3 for 3 with four RBIs for the Red Sox, who wore green uniforms and caps on St. Patrick's Day.
Alex Cobb, making his fifth start, allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 5 1-3 innings with five strikeouts.
Yankees 11, Pirates 9
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Ivan Nova struggled in his latest bid to gain the upper hand in the competition for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, giving up four runs Sunday in New York's 11-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Melky Mesa's grand slam.
Kevin Youkillis added a two-run shot for New York, and Brennan Boesch had two hits and a sacrifice fly in his second game with the Yankees. Boesch signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract Friday after he was released by the Detroit Tigers.
In his first game against his former teammates, Russell Martin went 0 for 2 with a run scored for Pittsburgh.
Nova gave up six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four.
Pirates right-hander Phil Irwin worked 2 1-3 innings, yielding six runs on seven hits and two walks.
Nationals 12, Tigers 10
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Tyler Moore homered twice and had three RBIs to lead the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 12-10 on Sunday.
Ross Detwiler started for Washington in his first game back since pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed three hits and a run in four innings on a long homer by Torii Hunter in the first.
Chris Marrero also drove in three runs for the Nationals.
Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez each had two RBIs for Detroit.
Drew Smyly started for the Tigers and gave up five earned runs in four innings. Smyly is competing with Rick Porcello for the final spot in the rotation. The left-hander began the spring with nine scoreless innings, but has been hit hard in his past two starts.
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