Spring Training Capsules

The Associated Press Published:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Lee drove in five runs with a double and a home run off a once again ineffective Mike Pelfrey, and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 9-5 Sunday to extend New York's spring training losing streak to eight.

Jed Lowrie also homered and drove in three runs, and Travis Buck had three hits for the Astros, who dropped New York to a big league-worst 3-11.

Making his third spring training start, Pelfrey allowed eight runs, eight hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings with four strikeouts. He has given up 16 runs and 20 hits over 9 2-3 innings.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Francisco Liriano threw five hitless innings, and Minnesota allowed just one hit in a win over Pittsburgh.

The Pirates did not get a hit until Brandon Boggs singled off non-roster invitee Luis Perdomo in the eighth inning. Perdomo was the fourth of five Twins pitchers.

Jamey Carroll went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs after starting spring training 1 for 23.

Charlie Morton gave up five runs and seven hits for Pittsburgh.


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Jose Bautista hit his third home run of spring training and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings as Toronto defeated the Phillies.

Bautista's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth.

Hamels, who had allowed two runs in 10 2-3 innings over his three previous spring training starts, gave up two runs in the second inning, one on doubles by Yan Gomes and Yunel Escobar, then was chased when Gomes hit a two-run single in a three-run third.

Toronto's Brett Cecil allowed one run and four hits in four innings.


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Clay Buchholz allowed one run and four hits in five innings, Cody Ross homered for the second straight afternoon and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

Buchholz, who struck out four and walked none, allowed his only run on Evan Longoria's second-inning homer -- his first hit of spring training. Longoria was 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

Rays left-hander Matt Moore, back from a mild abdominal strain, gave up four runs, two hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings, leaving after he walked the bases loaded in the third. He allowed solo homers to Ross and Josh Kroeger.


The Braves' Mike Minor stretched his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Baltimore's Tsuyoshi Wada made his delayed debut as Atlanta and an Orioles split squad tied in 10 innings.

Minor allowed two hits in five innings, striking out three and walking one. He has given up just seven hits in his four starts and has 10 strikeouts to five walks.

Wada, signed by the Orioles after a successful career in Japan, struck out three while allowing a hit and a run in two innings. The left-hander had been sidelined since early in camp because of a sore elbow.

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones doubled in the second for his first extra-base hit of the spring. He is 5 for 12 since starting 0 for 10.


VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 2 with an RBI double and Doug Fister had seven of Detroit's 14 strikeouts as the Tigers beat Washington.

Fister struck out four of the first five batters he faced in a four-inning outing for Detroit.

Clete Thomas, trying to make the Tigers as an outfielder, had three RBIs and hit a towering solo homer for Detroit, which had 15 hits.

Nationals 19-year-old sensation Bryce Harper was 1 for 5 with four strikeouts and a double. He was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after the game so he can gain experience in center field.


JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright limited the Marlins to one hit and an unearned run in four innings and David Freese hit a go-ahead three-run homer as St. Louis beat Miami.

Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano allowed one run and four hits in four innings. Zambrano struck out seven, upping his spring total to 16 in 9 1-3 innings.

John Buck's single in the third inning was the lone hit off Wainwright.

Freese homered in the eighth inning.