Oswalt hit by Ramirez line drive

Posted March 23, 2011, at 10 p.m.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt was hit behind the right ear by Manny Ramirez’s line drive Wednesday during a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay. X-rays were negative and the Phillies said Oswalt may be able to make his next scheduled start.

Oswalt had a neck bruise. The Phillies said he did not lose consciousness and was not dizzy before leaving in the fourth inning.

Oswalt fell to the ground and remained there until a trainer and manager Charlie Manuel reached the mound to check on him. The right-hander was down less than a minute before standing up and walking to the visiting clubhouse on his own.

Evan Longoria homered leading off the fourth against Oswalt. Ramirez, who had a RBI double in the first, was the next batter.

Astros 10, Pirates 6

BRADENTON, Fla. — Hunter Pence homered for the first time this spring and had three hits before leaving in the fifth inning with a cut on his left shin that required four stitches. He expects to play Thursday for the Astros.

Astros shortstop Angel Sanchez went 1 for 2 with a walk and scored two runs in his first game since March 15. He was out with lower back pain.

Brian Burres worked five innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits.

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates.

Cardinals 5, Mets 3

JUPITER, Fla. — Jake Westbrook allowed an unearned run while pitching into the sixth inning for St. Louis. Westbrook, who has a 3.60 spring ERA, retired the final nine batters he faced.

Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey left with two on and one out in the sixth inning, clinging to a 1-0 lead. Dickey was charged with two runs — one unearned. He allowed six hits, struck out five and did not issue a walk.

Braves 4, Marlins 4, 11 innings

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta’s Brandon Hicks hit a tying solo home run with two outs in the ninth.

Tim Hudson allowed one run, gave up four hits, struck out four and walked two for Atlanta and rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman homered and singled.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco worked five innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs in the third. He struck out three and walked none.

Cubs 3, Athletics 1

MESA, Ariz. — Carlos Silva had his best performance of a difficult spring, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. He also had three strikeouts in what should be his last appearance before manager Mike Quade finalizes his pitching staff.

Silva, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, had allowed 20 earned runs in his previous 11 1-3 innings coming in.

Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Angels 8, Giants 0

TEMPE, Ariz. — Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer off Matt Cain to highlight a five-run first inning for the Angels.

Cain allowed five runs in three innings.

Angels starter Ervin Santana struck out six in five innings.

Padres 10, Reds 7

PEORIA, Ariz. — Will Venable hit an inside-the-park home run and a two-run triple for San Diego.

Dontrelle Willis, who is fighting for the final spot in the Reds’ bullpen, allowed five runs on three hits and three walks while recording only one out.

After missing his last start with a hip flexor, Tim Stauffer limited Cincinnati to two runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. Stauffer struck out four.

Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in five innings.

Dodgers 6, White Sox 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Kemp hit his fifth home run of the spring for the Dodgers, a three-run shot off John Danks.

Ted Lilly allowed two runs on six hits over six innings pitched. He struck out five and walked none.

Indians 8, Royals 7

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cord Phelps tripled home the winning run in the ninth inning.

Both teams auditioned relievers with mixed results. Sean O’Sullivan gave up three runs in the eighth and the game-winner in the ninth after Tim Collins, Louis Coleman and Aaron Crow held Cleveland to one run over the middle 4 1-3 innings.

Diamondbacks 9, Rangers 8

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Russell Branyan hit a grand slam off Rangers left-handed specialist Arthur Rhodes and drove in five runs for Arizona.

Branyan’s grand slam off Rangers left-handed specialist Arthur Rhodes in the sixth completed Arizona’s rally from a seven-run deficit. Branyan added the go-ahead single in the ninth off Alexi Ogando.

What it means for Branyan’s future remains to be seen. The veteran first baseman can opt out of his contract on Friday if he hasn’t been assured a spot on the Diamondbacks’ opening 25-man roster.

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