Behind a combined 6 1/3 scoreless inning from Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Clayton Mortensen, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4, in a Spring Training game. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 at the plate, while pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco drove-in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for Boston, which earned its third straight victory.
Boston (3-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead as it scored a run in the first inning and three in the third, but the Orioles rallied with two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 4.
Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson almost gave the whole game in the fifth inning, as he allowed all four Oriole runs in the fifth inning off the bats of Wilson Betemit and Scott Beerer. The game went to 4-4 after Wilson's disastrous outing.
With two outs in the bottom in the seventh, Ciriaco drove in third basemen Nate Spears, who scored from second base after singling and advancing on a ground ball to the right side of the infield.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway collected a hit with two RBI in the third inning, while Ciriaco, first basemen Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Cody Ross, short stop Mike Aviles each collected just one hit.
On Wednesday, the Red Sox play a split-squad contest with the Toronto Blue Jays.