Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up five earned runs on six hits in three innings as the Boston Red Sox were defeated by the Florida Marlins, 11-2, in a split-squad Spring Training match-up at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida on Saturday afternoon.
Boston, which had 10 hits and an error, was held to two runs on an RBI-double from Darnell McDonald (2-for-3) in the bottom of the sixth inning and Yamaico Navarro’s solo home run to left in the seventh.
Dustin Pedroia was 1-for-3, David Ortiz was 0-for-2 and Kevin Youkilis went 0-for-3 for the Red Sox (3-4). Marco Scutaro was 1-for-2 with a walk and both Mike Cameron and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were 1-for-3 in the losing effort.
Florida (2-4), which tallied 13 hits, scored three runs in the first and two in the second. The Marlins tacked on two runs in the third, two in sixth and two more in the eighth in route to victory.
Anibal Sanchez earned the victory for Florida, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out three in three innings. Adalberto Mendez gave up two earned runs on three hits in two innings for the Marlins.
Dewayne Wise was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with three RBI and two walks for Florida.
Boston faces the New York Mets on the road in its next Spring Training game on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. EST (NESN).