Orioles 5, Red Sox 2

Sox lack offense against Orioles

 SCORE: Orioles 5, Red Sox 2.

 RECORD: 7-8.


 BREAKDOWN: Felix Doubront was touched up by the first two batters of the game — an Alexi Casilla double to right and a Lew Ford RBI single. Doubront settled down and went three innings in his second outing of the spring, allowing two runs but striking out five. The Sox’ offense was nonexistent against Orioles young studs Dylan Bundy and Steve Gausman, who dominated the first five innings. The Sox managed only seven hits.

 THUMBS UP: Will Middlebrooks reached base three times with two walks and a single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia managed two hits to raise his spring average to .389. Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller (one inning and two strikeouts each) were also impressive.

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 THUMBS DOWN: Mike Napoli went 0 for 3 with a strikeout, and failed to scoop a throw in the first inning that negated a double play. Andrew Bailey allowed no runs on two hits in one inning as his ERA was lowered to 6.75. The Sox went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

 AROUND THE BASES: Hanrahan was pleased with his outing. He had been off to a poor start in spring training, but said, “It was just great that I was able to throw the ball and hit spots rather than keep it over the plate to be hit. It felt a lot better tonight.” . . . Brock Holt went 0 for 3 as his average dropped to .192. He appears to be losing the utilty challenge to Pedro Ciriaco, who is hitting .318. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a hit and made some nice plays in center field. He’s hitting .478.

 NEXT GAME: Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte. The Sox are scheduled to start John Lackey.


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