Brian Johnson shakes off rocky first in tie with Rays

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Brian Johnson made five starts for the Red Sox last season.

By Globe Staff 

SCORE: Red Sox 6, Rays 6

RECORD: 8-6-1


BREAKDOWN: The Sox were down, 3-0 and 6-2, but came back for the nine-inning tie. Jeremy Barfield had an RBI single in the seventh inning. Dan Butler then scored on a passed ball to tie the score. The teams had 21 hits but were 5 for 25 with runners in scoring position.

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THUMBS UP: J.D. Martinez was 3 for 3 with a double and one RBI. But his spring training statistics have never been much of a concern. “I won’t look into it until the last week,” he said. “Now I’m really trying to grind and see pitches and work the counts. That’s when I hit the ‘where I’m at’ button.”

THUMBS SIDEWAYS: The first four Rays reached base off Brian Johnson in the first inning, with Wilson Ramos’s two-run double making it 3-0. But the lefthander retired eight of the final nine batters he faced, four by strikeout. “They came out with a game plan and it worked,” Johnson said. “We adjusted on the fly with mixing up my pitches.”

MEDICAL REPORT: Blake Swihart has played 29 defensive innings and appeared in nine of the 15 games. His left ankle has held up well, even when he has been catching. The coaching staff has been impressed with how well Swihart has been able to move his feet to block pitches or come up throwing.

AROUND THE BASES: Mookie Betts reached on an infield single in the first inning, ending his 0-for-16 start . . . Xander Bogaerts was 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI. He is 9 for 18 with four extra-base hits in eight games . . . Tommy Layne is getting a good look. The 33-year-old lefthander is in minor league camp but has already pitched in three games. He threw a scoreless inning.


NEXT GAME: The Red Sox venture back across Florida Friday to play the Marlins in Jupiter. Chris Sale will face righthander Dan Straily. The game will be on WEEI-AM (850).


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