SARASOTA, Fla. — Nate McLouth hit two home runs and the Baltimore Orioles concluded their spring training schedule by holding the New York Mets to one hit in a 7-1 victory Saturday.
Miguel Gonzalez, the No. 3 starter for Baltimore, gave up a leadoff single in the fifth to Marlon Byrd, who scored on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice fly. Gonzalez struck out four and walked one in five innings.
McLouth hit leadoff homers in the third and fifth. The first one came against Dillon Gee, slated to start the third game of the season for the Mets against San Diego. The second one was off Jeremy Hafner, lined up to start the fourth game.
Hafner gave up two more home runs, to Chris Davis and Steve Pearce. The right-hander left his previous outing Tuesday against St. Louis when he was hit on his pitching elbow by Carlos Beltran’s one-hopper.
Blue Jays 10, Phillies 4
PHILADELPHIA — Jose Bautista hit his sixth home run this spring and the Toronto Blue Jays rode their high-powered offense to a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Playing a lineup of regulars in their exhibition finale, the Blue Jays jumped on Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick right away. Bautista took the right-hander deep with two outs in the first inning, and Toronto scored four times in the third — highlighted by doubles from Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion.
Tigers 3, Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Doug Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams.
Fister, scheduled to pitch the Tigers’ home opener Friday against the New York Yankees, had four strikeouts. Brayan Pena hit a two-run homer in the fifth off reliever Jamey Wright.
Matt Moore allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five in four scoreless innings for the Rays. James Loney connected in the fifth inning and Ryan Roberts in the sixth against Fister.
Red Sox 4, Twins 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Felix Doubront pitched six-hit ball for five scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins in the spring training finale for both teams.
The left-hander walked one, hit a batter and struck out six.
Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
The Red Sox got a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, took second on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout and scored on Mike Napoli’s single.
Yankees 10, Army 0
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Brennan Boesch and Melky Mesa hit home runs and the New York Yankees closed their preseason with a victory over Army in the revival of an old tradition.
The Yankees improved to 22-0 against the Black Knights in a series that dates to 1927, when Babe Ruth led Murderers Row to West Point.
Before the game, the team took a tour of the campus, making stops at the Hall of Fame, Cadet Chapel, Michie Stadium, and Trophy Point before eating lunch in the mess hall.
General manager Brian Cashman said the roster was complete for Monday’s home opener against the Boston Red Sox. He said he still had to make room for Lyle Overbay, and that had to be done by 3 p.m. EDT Sunday.
It was difficult to figure out who was more impressed — the Yankees or the Black Knights — on a picture-perfect day. An overflow crowd of over 6,000 attended.
The teams hadn’t played since 1976.
Curve 8, Pirates 6
ALTOONA — James McDonald was tagged for four runs and three hits in the first inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to their Double-A Altoona affiliate in their final exhibition game.
Starling Marte hit a grand slam in the second that tied the score at 4. Russell Martin also had two hits for Pittsburgh.
Rangers 5, Padres 2
SAN ANTONIO — Someone finally took advantage of the short right-field wall at the Alamodome when Leury Garcia lined a three-run homer over the 285-foot sign to lead the Texas Rangers past the San Diego Padres.
The Rangers swept both games played in the Alamodome, which is designed primarily for football and special events such as the NCAA Final Four but had not hosted baseball until this weekend.
Astros 6, Cubs 3
HOUSTON — Houston’s prospects got the best of the Chicago Cubs.
Playing a lineup of mostly minor leaguers in their last exhibition game, the Astros beat the Cubs 6-3. The Cubs began the game with most of their regular starters.
Houston right fielder Domingo Santana was a home run shy of the cycle and drove in two runs.
Brewers 5, White Sox 4
MILWAUKEE — Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago White Sox in the final spring training game for both teams.
White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod came on in relief and threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings before tiring in the eighth. Axelrod, scheduled to start Friday against Seattle, was pulled after RBI doubles by Jonathan Lucroy and Sean Halton.
Indians 9, Reds (ss) 1
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Santana homered and doubled off Cincinnati starter Armando Galarraga, leading the Cleveland Indians to a victory over a Reds split squad in the final spring training game for both teams.
Santana hit his second home run of the spring in the fourth, a solo shot. Mark Reynolds, a free agent signed to DH, walked and scored on a single by Matt Carson. Carson hit his fifth home run of the spring with a runner on in the fifth inning.
Braves 10, Future Stars 0
PEARL, Miss. — Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis each hit a three-run homer, Mike Minor threw four scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat a team comprised of the organization’s Future Stars in an exhibition game at Trustmark Park.
Mariners 4, Rockies 3
SALT LAKE CITY — Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies in their final spring tuneup
Morales ripped a fastball over the left center fence in the top of the fourth inning and Smoak went deep in the fifth to help the Mariners finish with the best spring training record in team history at 22-11.
Athletics 4, Giants 3
OAKLAND, Calif. — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the San Francisco Giants in the final tuneup for both teams.
Coco Crisp added two hits and scored twice, and Dan Straily pitched five scoreless innings for his first win since early in spring training.
Reds (ss) 9, Diamondbacks 0
PHOENIX — Homer Bailey threw six innings of one-hit ball and a Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bailey struck out seven, walked one and retired his final 10 hitters. Cliff Pennington’s one-out single in the third was the only hit against the right-hander, and Gerardo Parra drew the lone walk two batters later.