Donnie Murphy’s eighth-inning, two-run, wind-blown homer to right off Adam Mills (wearing No. 90) powered the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox this afternoon. With the obvious exception of Mills, everybody was pretty happy about the blast. No one wants extra innings in spring training, especially the Red Sox, who have a 140-mile bus ride ahead of them.
The Sox got a good outing from Justin Masterson. Making his first spring start, Masterson pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Masterson threw 27 pitches, 17 for strikes, and said he was happy with his outing. He doesn’t seem too concerned about whether he starts the season in the rotation or in the bullpen.
Masterson was born in Jamaica and I asked him if he knew this meant he can’t run for president.
‘‘I know,’’ he said. ‘‘But my brother can run. He was born here.’’
Jacoby Ellsbury, the only Sox starter on the trip (we’re pretty sure Julio Lugo is the opening day shortstop, folks), went 1 for 3 in the first four innings, then hopped on the early van back to Fort Myers. Today’s Sox shortstop, Ivan Ochoa, struck out his first two trips, then hit a wind-aided two-run homer to right. It was the Sox’ third home run of the spring. Lars Anderson was DH today and went 1 for 3 with a walk.