Martinez, Boston blast Berken, O's

Red Sox 14, Orioles 6

  • Jason Berken reacts after giving up a fourth-inning grand slam to the Red Sox's Victor Martinez.
Jason Berken reacts after giving up a fourth-inning grand slam… (AP photo )
March 31, 2010|By Peter Schmuck | peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

SARASOTA, Fla. — Boston catcher Victor Martinez drove in six runs with a pair of long homers on Wednesday as the Red Sox scored a 14-6 exhibition victory over the Orioles before an announced 7,657 at Ed Smith Stadium.

Martinez lit up right-hander Jason Berken with a two-run shot in the third inning and launched a grand slam off the tall backdrop in straightaway center field against reliever Jim Johnson. Infielder Kevin Frandsen also hit a grand slam in the eighth off Dennis Sarfate.

Berken lasted just 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits in what figures to be his last outing of spring training. He's expected to be one of the long men in the major league bullpen when the Orioles break camp this weekend. Johnson came on to get the final two outs of the third inning but allowed the first three batters to reach base in the fourth before Martinez returned to the plate.

Closer Mike Gonzalez threw a perfect inning, but it was not a great day for the Orioles bullpen, which was the most solid part of the club during the early weeks of the exhibition season.

"It's been up and down," manager Dave Trembley said. "You know, you saw two different guys today in Berken. The other day, he got real good extension on his pitches and pitched down. Today, he didn't. You take the good with the bad. We need what we need to get done in order to get off to a good start in the season. Can't play like this."

The Orioles, meanwhile, were having their usual fits against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who pitched seven innings and gave up just a run on three hits. Ty Wigginton made the final score a little more respectable with a three-run homer in the ninth.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was scratched from the original Wednesday lineup with flulike symptoms. He was replaced in center by Felix Pie, who drove in the first run of the game for the Orioles.

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