Holt's homer leads Red Sox over Orioles

March 8th, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For the second time in three days, the Red Sox topped the Orioles, this time a 5-1 contest on Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium.
Brock Holt put Boston on the board, driving O's starter Miguel Gonzalez's 3-1 pitch over the fence for a first-inning solo homer. That was the only run allowed by Gonzalez, who went 2 2/3 innings and fared much better than in his first Grapefruit League start.
"My fastball command was better toward the end and my splittie was there," Gonzalez said of the 46-pitch outing. "Threw a couple good sliders. I haven't been throwing them as much. This is the first time out, I've been throwing them. I felt good overall."
Gonzalez gave up three hits and a walk and recorded a strikeout before leaving.

Red Sox starter Roenis Elias tossed two scoreless innings. The lefty allowed four hits and a walk and struck out two.

The Red Sox loaded the bases in the fourth and sixth innings, off setup man Darren O'Day and Odrisamer Despaigne, to add another pair of runs.
Boston catcher Christian Vazquez made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He played two innings.
"That was my goal, to get back to the field and do my thing, do my catching things," said Vazquez. "I'm happy. I'm excited. It's a long year to get back, but I'm here."
The Orioles scored on J.J. Hardy's fourth-inning leadoff triple and Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard's groundout off Red Sox reliever Brian Johnson.

Baltimore is winless in nine games this spring.
Up next for the Red Sox: Right-hander Joe Kelly will start Wednesday afternoon's 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla. The game can be seen on MLB.TV. Carson Smith will pitch out of the bullpen. Pablo Sandoval, Rusney Castillo and Blake Swihart will be in the lineup.
Up next for the Orioles: Baltimore will travel to Clearwater, Fla. to take on the Phillies as Yovani Gallardo makes his Grapefruit League debut. Gallardo, signed to a two-year deal with an option, will faced right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in the 1:05 p.m. ET matchup. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.