Buchholz rolls before Red Sox settle for draw

Opening Day starter tosses four shutout innings; Leon, Allday spark three-run 9th

Buchholz rolls before Red Sox settle for draw

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox scored three runs against the Twins' bullpen in the ninth inning to take a one-run lead, but Danny Ortiz connected on a solo shot in the ninth to forge a 4-4 tie on Wednesday at Hammond Stadium.

Twins Minor Leaguer Wil Ledezma loaded the bases with no one out and was followed by fellow Minor Leaguer D.J. Johnson, who couldn't get out of the jam. Johnson balked home a run before Sandy Leon connected on a sacrifice fly, and Forrestt Allday came through with a go-ahead RBI single. But Ortiz tied it up with a solo shot to lead off the bottom half of the inning off reliever Miguel Celestino.

The ninth inning rallies came after Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, who is lined up to start the season opener in Detroit on Monday, went four innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He finishes spring with a 5.28 ERA but said he's not focused on his statistics. Hughes had a 4.75 ERA last spring but finished the regular season with a 3.52 ERA.

"I felt good for the most part," Hughes said. "I felt like my stuff was all right. I was locating pretty well, especially as it went along farther. So it's a nice way to end things and get ready for Detroit."

Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz was also effective, tossing four scoreless fames. He scattered six hits and walked one while striking out four. He pitched out of a few jams, including a bases-loaded situation in the third, when he got Torii Hunter to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"I felt like the movement on each pitch was more defined today," said Buchholz. "All the mishits they hit were basically sinker/cutters. Changeup. There was not a whole lot of hard contact. That's sort of what you want when you're out there, is contact. I think the hardest contact was Torii's double-play ball. Overall, I felt really good with everything."

"I thought today was a good tuneup for him," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Final outing of spring. He was able to reach back and get his velocity when desired. Good feel for his curveball and changeup, and I think that speaks to how he's repeating his delivery. A couple times when he did misfire, he's able to make an adjustment in one pitch. Those are the things you're ideally looking for. This was a good sendoff to the opener on Monday."

Boston scored its one run against Hughes in the second on a two-out double by Rusney Castillo to score Jackie Bradley Jr., who led off the inning with a walk.

The Twins didn't score until a three-run fifth inning against reliever Alexi Ogando. After Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer walked with one out, Hunter followed with an RBI single to center. Eduardo Escobar came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded to continue his impressive spring. Escobar, who started in left field with Oswaldo Arcia scratched with the flu, is hitting .333 with a team-leading 16 RBIs in 16 games.

Up next: Right-hander Rick Porcello will make his last start of Spring Training in Thursday's 7:05 p.m. ET road game against the Twins, live on MLB.TV. Lefties Craig Breslow and Robbie Ross Jr. will see action out of the bullpen, as will righties Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.