Red Sox 5, Rays 1

Spring training report: Red Sox beat Rays

 SCORE: Red Sox 5, Rays 1.

 RECORD: 13-9-1.

 BREAKDOWN: Jon Lester and two relievers combined on eight perfect innings before the Rays scored a run on two hits in the ninth. The Sox had nine hits and improved to 5-0-1 in the last six games.


 THUMBS UP: Jonny Gomes was 3 for 3 with a double and four RBIs, all coming against righthanded pitchers. “I know he wants more opportunities against righthanders,” manager John Farrell said. “You keep on driving in four runs in three at-bats and you’ll keep getting those opportunities.” . . . Will Middlebrooks was 2 for 3 with two doubles. He is 6 of his last 17 with five extra-base hits.

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 THUMBS DOWN: Poor David Ross was 0 for 2 with a walk and is hitting .059 (1 for 17) in spring training. One of his outs was a line drive at the shortstop in the sixth inning.

 MEDICAL REPORT: The hope was that David Ortiz (heels) might take batting practice on Monday. But now that is in doubt. “He still felt some discomfort when he was running on the treadmill [Saturday]. So we’ll see where he’s at as far as being able to get in the cage and take some initial swings [Monday] or the next couple of days,” Farrell said . . . Franklin Morales (lower back) could start a throwing program in the next couple of days . . . Mitch Maier (left wrist) will be out at least a few more days.

 AROUND THE BASES: The Red Sox wore their green uniforms and caps on St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition was started in 1990 when Roger Clemens purchased green caps for the entire team . . . Gomes and Rays manager Joe Maddon spent some time talking about wine before the game. Both are connoisseurs. Gomes played for Maddon from 2006-08 . . . Alfredo Aceves wore his protective cup for the game, an unusual addition for a pitcher who was watching from the bench. “You have to be prepared,” he said. “What if Lester hits somebody and there’s a fight? Somebody might try and kick me.” Then Aceves pointed to his head. “Prepared,” he said.

 NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Pirates Monday in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. Clay Buchholz will face James McDonald. He is the cousin of former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald.