FORT MYERS, Florida — The Boston Red Sox came away with a tie and a loss in a pair of split-squad spring training games on Wednesday.
Boston battled to a 4-4 deadlock against the Minnesota Twins and fell 9-7 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Against Minnesota, Danny Ortiz spoiled Boston’s three-run ninth-inning rally with a game-tying home run off Miguel Celestino at Hammond Stadium.
Clay Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings, giving up six hits while striking out four and walking one. He was opposed by the Twins’ Phil Hughes, who allowed four hits and a single run in four innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
Dustin Pedroia sparked the Red Sox offense with a pair of singles, while Rusney Castillo hit an RBI double off Hughes in the second inning. Torii Hunter posted two singles, including an RBI hit off Alexi Ogando in the fifth, when Eduardo Escobar also stroked a two-run single. Kenny Vargas also had two hits.
Against the Blue Jays, Drew Hutchinson worked three shutout innings in Toronto’s victory. He surrendered three hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Allen Craig legged out an inside-the-park home run for the Red Sox. Jeff Bianchi stroked a three-run double, and Matt Spring hit a two-run double for Boston.
Toronto scored three times in the seventh on a Ryan Goins homer and an RBI ground-rule double by Danny Valencia. Edwin Encarnacion also homered for Toronto, while Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double off knuckleballer Steve Wright.
Wright lasted only 3⅔ innings and allowed four hits and four runs (three earned). He is bidding to earn the fifth starter spot with Joe Kelly sidelined by a biceps injury.