SCORE: Red Sox 6, Phillies 1
BREAKDOWN: After Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed one run over six innings, the Sox scored five runs with two outs in the seventh. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Daniel Nava walked against Michael Stutes. When Jose Iglesias grounded to short, the throw to second was late and pinch runner Matty Johnson scored from second. After Jacoby Ellsbury walked, Shane Victorino slammed a three-run triple to deep right. Dustin Pedroia (2 for 2, 2 walks) doubled in a run.
THUMBS UP: John Lackey had a strong five innings against a representative Phillies lineup. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out one without a walk. Lackey threw 50 of 73 pitches for strikes. Counting his start against Puerto Rico’s WBC team, Lackey has walked three over 11 2/3 innings. For a pitcher who missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, that kind of control is a good sign.
THUMBS DOWN: Ellsbury was 0 for 3 and is now 9 of 40 (.225) this spring. Oddly, he has yet to attempt a stolen base.
MEDICAL REPORT: David Ortiz took swings for the third consecutive day and is building back up after nine days off to rest his inflamed heels. But he seems sure to start the season on the disabled list. “Seems likely at this point,” general manager Ben Cherington said. … Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who hasn’t played since March 14 because of back spasms, is expected to return on Saturday.
AROUND THE BASES: Garin Cecchini, a 21-year-old third baseman, played in his first major league spring training game. He played the ninth inning in the field and caught the last out. Cecchini is considered one of the better prospects in the organization after hitting .305 with an .827 OPS at Low Single A Greenville last season. … Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, and Joel Hanrahan all pitched in back-to-back games and were perfect. … Koji Uehara blanked the Phillies in the eighth inning. He has thrown eight scoreless innings this spring.
NEXT GAME: The Sox play the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Friday at 1:05 p.m. The Sox will start Alfredo Aceves. Toronto will go with lefthander J.A. Happ.