Markakis has a blast in O's loss to Sox

Markakis has a blast in O's loss to Sox

at Sarasota, Fla.
Sunday, March 7

Red Sox at the plate: Jed Lowrie had a pair of hits while Jeremy Hermida singled and scored in the second inning. Yamaico Navarro's fielders' choice drove in Hermida to put Boston on the scoreboard. Angel Sanchez drove in a pair of runs in the top of the eighth and Gil Velazquez followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 4. Mark Wagner took the first pitch of the at-bat against David Hernandez over the left-center fence for a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth.

Orioles at the plate: Nick Markakis went yard off starter Clay Bucholz for his second homer this spring. Markakis lifted a 2-2 shot over the center-field fence in the first inning to give Baltimore an early lead. Adam Jones added an RBI single and Garrett Atkins doubled and scored. Pedro Florimon worked the count to full and then drove an RBI double off the wall to the opposite field.

Red Sox on the mound: Clay Buchholz, in competition for Boston's fifth-starter spot, allowed three runs on five hits over two innings in his Grapefruit League debut. The right-hander, who threw a simulated game last week, walked two batters and notched a strikeout. Boof Bonser tossed two scoreless frames.

Orioles on the mound: Starter Jeremy Guthrie exited the game after recording one out in the third inning, allowing a run on three hits in the 51-pitch outing. Guthrie walked two and struck out two, and Chris George came on to record the inning's final two outs. Mark Hendrickson tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, while Will Ohman and Kam Mickolio followed with a scoreless inning apiece.

Worth noting: With a slew of family and friends in the stands, Sarasota native Casey Kelly faced Major League hitters for the first time in the seventh inning. Kelly, the 30th overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, got Rhyne Hughes to pop up and retired Lou Montanez on a comebacker to the mound. Kelly retired Josh Bell on a called third strike amid rousing applause.

Grapefruit League records: Red Sox, 3-2; Orioles, 1-4

Up next: The Orioles stay in Sarasota for their second of three successive home contests this spring. Brian Matusz will look to build on an impressive Grapefruit League debut outing, opposite Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn. Monday's contest, slated to start at 1:05 p.m. ET, will also feature Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, Wilfrido Perez.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.