Red Sox take spring finale from Phils
Ortiz, Varitek homer; Matsuzaka yields three runs, fans seven
RED SOX 7, PHILLIES 5
at Philadelphia, Pa.
Saturday, March 31
Red Sox at the plate: David Ortiz and Jason Varitek each drilled solo home runs, and Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew each banged out a pair of hits for Boston. Crisp had a two-run single in the second inning, and Drew scored a run.
Phillies at the plate: Pat Burrell smoked a two-run homer to left field in the third inning, Greg Dobbs supplied a solo shot in the seventh and Carlos Ruiz went deep in the ninth.
Red Sox on the mound: Daisuke Matsuzaka had a somewhat erratic start, striking out seven over four innings, but walking four. He yielded a two-run homer to Burrell in the third, which was only one of two hits he gave up in four innings. Matsuzaka threw 82 pitches, 51 for strikes.
Phillies on the mound: Phils starter Adam Eaton went three innings, giving up eight hits and six runs. Eaton surrendered one homer and struck out two. He threw 69 pitches, 42 for strikes.
Up next: The Phillies will open their 2007 season on Monday, hosting the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park at 1:05 p.m. ET. Brett Myers will make his first Opening Day start. John Smoltz will get the start for the Braves.
The Red Sox travel to Kansas City to open the season against the Royals at Kaufmann Stadium. Right-hander Curt Schilling will oppose Kansas City's Gil Meche (11-8, 4.48 ERA in '06 with Seattle) at 4:10 p.m.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.