Red Sox push past Mets in Spring Training

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly works against the New York Mets in the first inning of an interleague spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Tony Gutierrez

  • New York Mets starting pitcher Logan Verrett works against the Boston Red Sox i the first inning of an interleague spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Tony Gutierrez

  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz connects for a run-scoring single off a pitch from New York Mets' Sean Gilmartin in the sixth inning of a interleague spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. The hit scored Mookie Betts. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Tony Gutierrez

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. slides across home plate scoring on a Xander Bogaerts sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of an interleague spring training baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Tony Gutierrez

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Red Sox team owner John Henry, right, take in an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Tony Gutierrez

Associated Press
Published: 3/24/2016 6:56:16 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Kelly allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat a New York Mets’ split squad 4-1 on Thursday.

Kelly kept the Mets hitless until the fifth, when he gave up three singles. He struck out six and walked one, throwing 49 of 75 pitches for strikes.

“It feels good to be efficient like that,” Kelly said. “Obviously, it makes it a lot easier to go deeper in the ballgames, and today I felt like what I’ve been saying lately, just trying to pitch more than throw. Threw some good offspeed pitches and came back in counts when I fell behind to get outs quick. They put some good swings on some balls and hit some balls pretty hard today. With guys on base, just try to just manage and obviously try not to let them score but still be efficient.”

David Ortiz singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, his second RBI of spring training. Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer and sacrifice fly.

Mets starter Logan Verrett allowed two hits in four scoreless innings.

“I was just hoping to work deep into the game with the pitch count they gave me, and I was happy with the results,” he said.

New York pitcher Erik Goeddel made his first appearance of spring training following a lat injury. He allowed two runs in one inning, including Bogaerts’ first home run in exhibition play.

“Great to finally be back out in the game. Just in terms of how it felt and location of pitches, couldn’t be happier,” Goeddel said. “Obviously the result could have been better.”

STARTING TIME - Kelly started camp as the leading candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation but has moved up the depth chart, partly because of an injury to No. 4 starter Eduardo Rodriguez. He has pitched 20 innings, giving up three runs, 18 hits and six walks with 17 strikeouts.

“He threw the ball exceptional today,” manager John Farrell said. “Even when he missed, he was missing to quality locations. He used different types of breaking ball when behind in the count. Settled into a good rhythm, carried it through the seven innings. Very efficient. A positive day for Joe.”

TRAINER’S ROOM - Red Sox Third baseman Pablo Sandoval missed the game because of lower back stiffness and is considered day to day. He was hurt Tuesday diving for a ball off the bat of Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. ... Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who injured his right knee on Feb. 27 and will not be ready for opening day, threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to throw a more aggressive session on Saturday.

MOVING DAY - Right-hander Heath Hembree and left-handers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens were optioned from Boston to Triple-A Pawtucket. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre, right-hander Roman Mendez, and first baseman Sam Travis were reassigned to minor league camp.

SIGHTINGS - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the game.

UP NEXT - Red Sox lefty David Price is slated to pitch in Fort Myers against Pittsburgh.


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