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Red Sox drop matinee to Orioles

Red Sox drop matinee to Orioles

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ORIOLES 6, RED SOX 2
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Sunday, March 15

Orioles at the plate: Oscar Salazar's leadoff triple in the fourth inning turned into a run when Luis Montanez drove him in with a two-out single. Salazar then returned the favor the next inning, plating Ryan Freel with a sacrifice fly. After that, both teams were quiet until the eighth, when Nolan Reimold broke a 2-2 tie with a solo homer off Ramon Ramirez. Danny Figueroa added to the O's lead with a two-run double in the ninth.

Red Sox at the plate: Jason Varitek was the only Sox hitter to do damage against Orioles starter Brian Bass, driving in a run with a groundout in the fourth. Mike Lowell hit a bloop single to start the rally, moving to second on David Ortiz's walk. Ortiz had previously flown out to the warning track in center field in the first.

Orioles on the mound: Bass allowed just one earned run in his three innings, though his day ended after he allowed the first two batters in the fourth to reach base. Reliever Chris Waters impressed, striking out three in two scoreless innings.

Red Sox on the mound: Despite an inefficient outing -- he needed 69 pitches to record 11 outs -- Clay Buchholz struck out six over 3 2/3 innings and allowed just one run. Jonathan Papelbon followed, hitting two batters and also allowing one run in his inning. His left-handed setup man, Hideki Okajima, fared slightly better, allowing two hits but no runs in one inning.

Grapefruit League records: Orioles 9-8, Red Sox 6-10

Up next: Staying in Fort Myers, the Orioles will head crosstown on Monday to face the Twins in a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Hammond Stadium. Right-hander David Pauley will start for the O's, opposite Phil Humber.

After a hectic Sunday in Fort Myers -- injury updates for Dustin Pedroia and Julio Lugo, a new contract for Jon Lester and a lack of one for Jason Bay -- the Sox will travel to the quieter pastures of Dunedin, Fla., on Monday to face the Blue Jays. Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and J.D. Drew are scheduled to make the two-hour trip, along with starter Justin Masterson. Roy Halladay will pitch for the Jays in a 1:05 p.m. game.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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