Red Sox club 2 grand slams, bash Orioles, 14-6

Berken struggles

Martinez drives in 6 with pair of homers

April 01, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

SARASOTA, Fla. — — Boston catcher Victor Martinez drove in six runs with a pair of long home runs 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 hit 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 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 lineup with flulike symptoms. He was replaced in center by Felix Pie, who drove in the Orioles' first run.

On deck
Prospects Jake Arrieta and Steve Johnson will log most of the innings today for the Orioles, who head to Port Charlotte, Fla., to face the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Mike Ekstrom is scheduled to start for the Rays. Back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, Orioles Opening Day starter Kevin Millwood and long man Mark Hendrickson will pitch in a Triple-A game. Chris Tillman, the one-time favorite for the fifth starter spot who was optioned Tuesday, will start the Double-A game for the Orioles.

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