After five-run rally, Red Sox fall

Red Sox rally, but fall to Pirates

at Fort Myers, Fla.
Saturday, March 3

Red Sox at the plate: Alejandro Machado and Tyler Mingis stroked consecutive two-run singles to pace a five-run fifth inning for the Red Sox. Mark Loretta added two hits while Trot Nixon laced an RBI single.

Pirates at the plate: Ryan Doumit clubbed a three-run homer and Jose Bautista smacked a double and scored a run.

Red Sox on the mound: Left-hander Abe Alvarez sparkled in relief of Bronson Arroyo, firing 2 1/3 shutout innings while striking out two. Prospect Craig Hansen didn't allow a run in his inning of work, though he did walk two.

Pirates on the mound: Pirates left-hander Sean Burnett, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, made the first step in his comeback, pitching a scoreless first inning. Burnett is battling to be Pittsburgh's fifth starter.

Grapefruit League record: Red Sox 0-2; Pirates 3-0

Up next: The Red Sox will split up on Sunday, as half the squad will take a short bus ride to play the Twins in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest, while the other portion of the team will play Team Australia at 6:05 p.m. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield takes the ball against the Twins, while top prospect Jon Lester faces Australia. The Pirates play a road game against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., at 1:05 p.m., with right-hander Brandon Duckworth on the mound.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.