O's offense erupts late as Matusz has good outing

O's offense erupts late as Matusz has good outing

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brian Matusz pitched well in his second spring start and the offense came alive in the eighth inning as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox, 11-5, on Friday at JetBlue Park.

Matusz, who is expected to be in the bullpen for the Orioles, looked solid as a starter. He allowed two hits and no walks over four innings, notching two strikeouts.

"It felt good to get the opportunity to go out there against a very good lineup, to be able to work with [Ryan] Lavarnway and just throw all four pitches," said Matusz. "That was the key, to be able to mix and use the changeup and just keep the hitters off balance. Our defense was great, and I felt good."

The Orioles fell behind when Rusney Castillo, who had been out of the lineup since injuring his left oblique against Boston College on March 3, smoked a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. But the O's came right back with six runs in the top of the eighth to reclaim the lead for good.

Jimmy Paredes, Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger all had two hits for the Orioles. Everth Cabrera belted a double to start the game.

Justin Masterson made the start for the Red Sox and allowed four hits and a run over four innings, walking two and striking out one.

"Yeah, it was better," said Masterson. "I started kind of babying the ball but then it got better. It was one of those, as we talked about after my last outing, trying to get in my arm slot and stay there. It's still a little inconsistent, but for the most part, [it's] right there. We were able to mix in some pitches a little bit. One of those days to mix in some sliders, sinkers, four seamers. It worked out nice."

The Red Sox played most of their "A" lineup, led by Hanley Ramirez, who had two hits. Red-hot Mookie Betts (.438 average this spring) went 1-for-3.

Up Next: The Orioles will travel to Fort Myers again on Saturday, this time to play the Minnesota Twins. Miguel Gonzalez will start for the O's opposite lefty Tommy Milone. Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Delmon Young are also expected to make the trip for 1:05 p.m. ET game which can be seen live on MLB.TV and heard live on Gameday Audio.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.