Wacha strikes out 4 in first start of spring

Righty throws two perfect innings; Red Sox pull ahead in seventh

Wacha strikes out 4 in first start of spring

JUPITER, Fla. -- A two-run seventh featuring RBI hits by Luke Montz and Mookie Betts propelled the Red Sox to a 3-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday in their first Grapefruit League meeting of the spring.

Boston's Sam Travis opened the seventh with a walk, after which the Red Sox peppered Cardinals reliever Tyler Lyons for four hits. Montz's double broke a scoreless tie, and Betts padded the lead while padding his case for the starting center-field job.

The game was scoreless after the exits of both starting pitchers. St. Louis righty Michael Wacha, making his first appearance since throwing the final pitch of the Cardinals' 2014 season, retired all six batters he faced. He recorded four of those outs via a swinging strikeout. Of Wacha's 27 pitches, 17 were strikes.

"I was real happy with the outcome and the way the whole body felt today," Wacha said afterward. "I'm real excited about getting that first one out [of the way] today and then moving forward from here."

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Boston's Wade Miley, whose first spring start came in an exhibition against Boston College, covered three innings with 40 pitches (23 strikes). He scattered three hits, including a double by Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, and stranded five on base. He ended his day by retiring Adams and Yadier Molina with the bases loaded.

"I felt good," said Miley. "Still not quite where I want to be, but a stepping stone in the right direction. I need to tighten up the command a little bit. But I walked away healthy, so that's always good."

Making his first trip back to Jupiter since the Cardinals dealt him at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Allen Craig finished 0-for-4 while starting in left field. Edward Mujica also enjoyed a homecoming and pitched a scoreless sixth for Boston.

Following Wacha's quick work, Matt Belisle, Randy Choate and Zach Petrick tossed scoreless outings. It was the second scoreless appearance of the spring for each of the three.

Up next: Carlos Martinez will be the first Cardinals starter to make a second Grapefruit League appearance when he starts for St. Louis against the Astros on Tuesday. Houston's Brett Oberholtzer, who started against the Cardinals last week, will do so again in the game, which has a scheduled start time of 12:05 p.m. CT (listen on Gameday Audio). Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal is also expected to appear.

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