Spears' RBI triple lifts Sox past Twins

Spears' RBI triple lifts Sox past Twins

RED SOX 5, TWINS 3
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Thursday, April 1

Red Sox at the plate: Shortstop Marco Scutaro, who is starting to heat up late in camp, had two hits and two RBIs. Mike Lowell, playing on back-to-back days for the first time this spring, went 1-for-3 and scored a run. Catcher Jason Varitek also had a hit and scored a run. Nate Spears broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI triple.

Twins at the plate: Jim Thome belted his third homer of the spring, a solo shot against John Lackey in the top of the second. Regulars Orlando Hudson, Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young all had hits before exiting the game.

Red Sox on the mound: Lackey made his final tuneup before his start against the Yankees on Wednesday, giving up six hits and a run over five innings. He walked one and struck out two, throwing 77 pitches. Manny Delcarmen struggled, giving up two hits and two runs over 1 2/3 innings. He walked one and hit two batters. Scott Schoeneweis, still fighting for the last spot on the roster, fired a scoreless inning, walking one and not allowing a hit.

Twins on the mound: Right-hander Nick Blackburn gave up five hits and three runs over five innings, walking none and striking out two. Matt Guerrier pitched one scoreless inning.

Worth noting: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched shortly before gametime with a stiff neck. Twins prospect Angel Morales left the game with a left forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch. The injury is not serious.

Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 15-14-1; Twins 15-13.

Up next: The Red Sox wrap up the Florida portion of their Spring Training schedule on Friday afternoon, when they host the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Clay Buchholz draws the start in that one. The teams will meet again on Saturday, but at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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