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 Ervin Santana, who is lined up to be the No. 2 starter in the rotation, is set to make his last start of the spring against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. CT, live on MLB.TV. Other pitchers scheduled to see action include Brian Duensing, Tim Stauffer and Rule 5 pick J.R. Graham.
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