Red Sox (ss) 4, Twins (ss) 3
Beckett, acquired from Florida in an offseason trade, allowed one run in five innings. Mike Lowell, part of that deal, broke out of a slump with two singles. And shortstop Alex Gonzalez, signed as a free agent, made a spectacular leaping throw to first base to complete a double play.
“It’s weird seeing Luis in another uniform,” Beckett said. “I think he signed with the Marlins when he was like 4.”
Beckett allowed one run on five hits in five innings.
“I felt strong,” he said. “I just need to get some more experience with these hitters, particularly in the American League.”
The final batter he faced was Castillo, who hit the ball back to Beckett for the start of a double play on which Gonzalez took the throw then, while leaping to avoid Shannon Stewart’s slide, fired to first.
“I don’t know how you do that. It’s like MJ (Michael Jordan) driving for the hoop,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “It’s not just that once-in-a-week thing. He does it every day.”
Lowell was just 3-for-21 entering the game and went 2-for-3.
Boston led 2-1 after three innings, scoring both runs off Brad Radke.
“I feel pretty good,” said Radke, who allowed two runs on six hits in three innings. “By the time April rolls around I should be ready to go.”
Boston scored in the first on Manny Ramirez’s RBI groundout and in the second on Kevin Youkilis’ RBI single. The Twins’ cut the lead in half on Terry Tiffee’s double and Stewart’s run-scoring single in the third.
Dusty Brown’s two-run single put the Red Sox ahead 4-1 in the seventh before the Twins scored in the eighth on Andres Torres’ RBI double and in the ninth on Jason Hart’s second homer of spring training.