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Bradley Jr., Bogaerts homer as Sox beat Phils

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FORT. MYERS, Fla. -- Home runs by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts helped the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is competing for a spot in the Red Sox's rotation, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

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FORT. MYERS, Fla. -- Home runs by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts helped the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, who is competing for a spot in the Red Sox's rotation, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

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"He certainly helped his cause today with a solid outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I thought he did a nice job with his fastball and his curveball in the early innings to get back into some counts. And then he got a better feel for his knuckleball as the game went along. But to get him up over a 100 pitches here today, today was a good step for Steven."

Video: PHI@BOS: Wright fans Hunter in the top of the 6th

Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff exited after five-plus frames, allowing five runs on 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Eickhoff was making just his second start because of a fractured right thumb earlier in spring. 

"He's rusty," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He made a lot of real good pitches with his curveball, but he didn't locate his fastball real well. He's behind everybody, so I'm not concerned about it. He did OK."

Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and Bogaerts -- Boston's 1-2-3 batters -- combined for seven hits, three runs and two RBIs.

Video: PHI@BOS: Bogaerts smacks a solo homer out of the park

The Phillies opened the scoring in the first inning when Odubel Herrera, who went 3-for-3, reached on a one-out single and scored on Maikel Franco's double off the replica Green Monster in left-center field. Franco, who leads all Major Leaguers with eight home runs this spring, just missed another. The umpires, who convened to discuss the drive, let the on-field call stand.

Boston went ahead in the bottom of the frame when Betts and Pedroia led off with doubles. David Ortiz's RBI groundout scored Pedroia to make it 2-1. The Sox added two more in the fourth on Bradley's two-out home run, scoring Ryan Hanigan, who had reached on a single. It was Bradley's third dinger of the spring. Bogaerts led off the fifth with his second long ball of the spring.

Video: PHI@BOS: Pedroia drives in Betts on double to left

Up next for the Phillies: Right-hander Vince Velasquez has an important start on Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays at 1:07 p.m. ET in Dunedin, Fla. It can heard live exclusively on phillies.com. He is competing with left-hander Adam Morgan for the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' rotation, so Velasquez needs another strong showing to perhaps clinch it.

Up next for the Red Sox: Right-hander Rick Porcello is scheduled to make his fourth Grapefruit League start on Monday when the Red Sox host the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET. in a game that can be seen live on MLB.TV. In nine spring innings, Porcello, who is expected to be Boston's No. 3 starter, has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits with just one walk and four strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .442 against him. Right-hander Mike Wright gets the start for Baltimore.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com.

 

Xander Bogaerts, Jerad Eickhoff, Maikel Franco, Jackie Bradley Jr., Steven Wright