Grapefruit League game roundup: March 14
Recaps for March 14 action in the Grapefruit League.
Phillies 2, Pirates 1
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Pete Orr hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
Orr, a veteran utilityman, connected off former Phillies left-hander Mike Zagurski, hitting a long drive to right.
Phillies starter Aaron Cook tossed three one-hit innings. Cook, who has made one relief appearance since 2003, is trying to make the roster as a long man in the bullpen.
Pirates starter Kyle McPherson threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits. McPherson, who is competing for the fifth spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation, helped his chances after two rough outings.
Phillies center fielder Ender Inciarte, a Rule 5 pickup from Arizona, made a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to retire Brad Hawpe trying to score on Clint Barmes’ single in the second.
Nationals 6, Astros 3
VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Jayson Werth misplayed a fly ball for a three-base error in the top of the first inning then connected for his first home run of spring training in the bottom half and Micah Owings hit a grand slam to lead the Washington Nationals past the Houston Astros 6-3 on Thursday.
Werth connected on a fastball from Alex White.
Closer Rafael Soriano had his roughest outing so far for Washington, giving up two hits — including a two-run homer to Houston’s Nate Freiman.
Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez led off the game with a home run against Washington starter Chris Young, who did not allow another run in four innings.
Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos had two hits each for Washington.
Red Sox 7, Twins 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Pelfrey gave up five runs in two innings as he tries to accelerate his return from Tommy John surgery, and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Thursday.
Pelfrey had the elbow-reconstruction operation May 1 while with the Mets last season. Typical recuperation takes about year but he has pushed his rehab to be ready for opening day. He allowed six hits in his fourth start of spring training.
New Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster struck out three and gave up one run — a homer — and three hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked two, finishing his fourth spring appearance with a 2.13 ERA.
Boston’s Will Middlebrooks had a three-run double, and Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored.