Bay, Mets can't break through vs. Boston
Outfielder 0-for-2 against ex-mates; Pelfrey struggles early
RED SOX 8, METS 2
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Thursday, March 11
Red Sox at the plate: Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez both scored once and had a hit. Mike Cameron produced a sacrifice fly and had a hit. Jeremy Hermida delivered an RBI single.Mets at the plate: Mike Jacobs had two hits, including a homer that just cleared the fence in center. Jason Pridie followed up Jacobs' blast with one of his own, giving the Mets back-to-back homers to get on the board in the seventh. Left fielder Jason Bay, playing against the Red Sox for the first time since leaving as a free agent, went 0-for-2 and heard some boos from some Boston fans. Alex Cora, another former Red Sox player, had a single in his only at-bat.
Red Sox on the mound: Right-hander John Lackey had his second consecutive strong outing, firing three shutout innings. Lackey hasn't allowed a run in his five innings this spring. He scattered three hits and didn't walk anyone. Joe Nelson, among those battling for a spot in the bullpen, tossed a scoreless inning.Mets on the mound: Mike Pelfrey gave up four hits and three runs, walking one and striking out four. Ryota Igarashi gave up three hits and two runs over an inning of work. Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning, working around a hit and a walk. Worth noting: It was a bit of a reunion in Port St. Lucie. The Red Sox renewed acquaintances with not just Bay, but also former teammates Cora and Chris Carter. Red Sox center fielder Cameron used to play for the Mets, as did shortstop Scutaro and hitting coach Dave Magadan.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 6-3; Mets 6-5.
Up next: The Red Sox are again on the East Coast of Florida for Friday's game, this time in Jupiter, Fla., against the Cardinals. Clay Buchholz, battling for the fifth slot in the rotation, will make the start in a game slated for 1:05 p.m. ET. Kevin Youkilis will be the only member of the starting nine on hand. Adrian Beltre and Jason Varitek were originally on the travel squad, but manager Terry Francona told them to stay back, in large part because the forecast is ominous. Top prospect Jose Iglesias will get some time at shortstop.
The Mets will be in Fort Myers to play the Twins, with left-hander Oliver Perez on tap for his second start. Playing their second game since hearing the jarring news that shortstop Jose Reyes could be out until May, the Mets will have Angel Pagan, Jacobs, Rod Barajas and Gary Matthews Jr. on the trip. The game starts at 1:05 p.m.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.