Lowrie homers off Arroyo, Red Sox beat Reds
Lowrie also doubled in the first, giving him a team-high 17 hits this spring.
“He’s been fun to watch. He didn’t get to some of those balls last year, especially late in the season,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Arroyo completed five innings for his longest stint of the spring.
“Those guys have been killing us all spring,” Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. “Bronson threw the ball well besides those two home runs.”
Arroyo allowed four runs and three hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
“The walks killed me,” he said. “For some reason after the second inning, I was missing with my fastball. That’s been one of my problems, losing control of my fastball at times. I kept missing down, down. I fell behind. Then I get pigeonholed with my curveball.”
Jon Lester pitched in his first Grapefruit League game in 10 days for the Red Sox. He worked on his changeup during a minor league game between outings.
Lester finished his longest outing of the spring, striking out six in 4 1-3 innings. He allowed one run, three hits and a walk. Cincinnati scored off him in the first inning.
“I have first innings like that sometimes when I’m not in a rhythm yet,” Lester said. “I think they wanted to get me up five times and the next time we’ll go deeper in the game. I threw a couple of good changeups. We have some checkpoints as far as mixing pitches. I am pretty happy with where I am right now.”
The Reds had their first sellout of their final spring training in Sarasota, with a crowd of 7,530.
Cordero, who had surgery on his ankle in September, had three straight scoreless outings before the Red Sox touched him up in the eighth inning.
“He got ahead of hitters, then couldn’t get the ball where he wanted. He has to get his location. We need him. His ankle feels good. We have time to get his location back,” Baker said.
Boston rookie Daniel Bard, who can touch 100 mph on the radar gun, allowed a pair of singles but kept his record clean. He has not allowed a run in 11 innings.
“He kept his composure. He reached back for a little extra without overthrowing,” Francona said. “I don’t know what the radar gun read, but it was fast.”
1B Kevin Youkilis returned to the Red Sox from Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Youkilis has a mild left ankle sprain. He will not participate in the final round of the WBC. … Boston RHP Tim Wakefield started in a Triple-A game on Thursday against Rochester, the Minnesota Twins’ affiliate. Wakefield pitched five scoreless innings and allowed one hit. He struck out three. … Fernando Cabrera and Javier Lopez returned from Puerto Rico’s WBC team. … INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. is expected to return to the Reds from Mexico’s WBC team on Friday. Mexico was eliminated Monday but Hairston has a viral infection. Baker wants to make sure Hairston is healthy before he rejoins the team. … The Reds optioned RHP Carlos Fisher and C Craig Tatum to Triple-A Louisville.