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Jon Lester strong in spring start as Red Sox tie Phillies, 2-2

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The Red Sox and Phillies played to a 2-2 tie in Clearwater. The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning on an opposite-field double by A.J. Pierzynski. Jonny Gomes (walk) and Will Middlebrooks (single) scored. The Phillies scored twice in the eighth inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. homered off Brayan Villarreal before a bad-hop single, an outfield error, and a bloop single led to another run. Jon Lester threw 5⅔ shutout innings, giving up four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Lefty Jose Mijares finished the game with two solid innings to preserve the tie. Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t help himself in the center-field competition by going 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

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