SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Nate McLouth hit two home runs and the Baltimore Orioles concluded their spring training schedule by holding the New York Mets to one hit in a 7-1 victory Saturday.
Miguel Gonzalez, the No. 3 starter for Baltimore, gave up a leadoff single in the fifth to Marlon Byrd, who scored on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice fly. Gonzalez struck out four and walked one in five innings.
McLouth hit leadoff homers in the third and fifth. The first one came against Dillon Gee, slated to start the third game of the season for the Mets against San Diego. The second one was off Jeremy Hafner, lined up to start the fourth game.
Hafner gave up two more home runs, to Chris Davis and Steve Pearce. The right-hander left his previous outing Tuesday against St. Louis when he was hit on his pitching elbow by Carlos Beltran’s one-hopper.
Tigers 3, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Doug Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams on Saturday.
Fister, scheduled to pitch the Tigers’ home opener Friday against the New York Yankees, had four strikeouts. Brayan Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Jamey Wright.
Matt Moore allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five in four scoreless innings for the Rays. James Loney connected in the fifth inning and Ryan Roberts in the sixth against Fister.
Tampa Bay hosts Baltimore in its regular-season opener Tuesday. The Tigers start the new season Monday at Minnesota, where temperatures are expected to be in the 30’s.
Blue Jays 10, Phillies 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jose Bautista hit his sixth home run this spring and the Toronto Blue Jays rode their high-powered offense to a 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Playing a lineup of regulars in their exhibition finale, the Blue Jays jumped on Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick right away. Bautista took the right-hander deep with two outs in the first inning, and Toronto scored four times in the third — highlighted by doubles from Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion.
Josh Johnson, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Miami during the offseason, allowed four runs and four hits in four innings for the Blue Jays. He struck out two, walked two and finished 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings this spring.
Red Sox 4, Twins 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Felix Doubront pitched six-hit ball for five scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Saturday in the spring training finale for both teams.
The left-hander walked one, hit a batter and struck out six.
Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
The Red Sox got a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, took second on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout and scored on Mike Napoli’s single.
With two outs in the second, Daniel Nava’s single scored Will Middlebrooks, who singled and stole second base.
Shane Victorino’s two-run single in the fourth chased Pelfrey, who is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.