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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday night. With the victory, Boston jumps to 9-15 in the Grapefruit League while Baltimore falls to 12-12
Rick Porcello‘s performance is salient in this recap. In his second Spring Training start (and perhaps last), the former Cy Young accumulated five innings of one earned run baseball. He also struck out and walked one a piece. It is pretty rare a starter hits five innings in a spring start, but Porcello was economical enough to do so.
Bobby Poyner also pitched in this game with two scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out three against zero walks. The lefty is a bubble guy in terms of making the Opening Day roster. These two innings undoubtedly help his case. Even so, his ERA for the spring still sits at 6.52 due predominantly rough five-run outing last week.
On the offensive side, it was an eight-hit game for the Red Sox. Andrew Benintendi, who led off for Boston, was the only player to accumulate multiple hits. The lefty-swinger reached on two singles.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:05 p.m. eastern on Thursday. It will take place at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. Another guy fighting for a roster spot, Hector Velazquez, will make the start for Boston.