Grapefruit League game roundup: March 12
MAR 12, 2013 4:19p ET
Astros 9, Marlins 4
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Pena and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back home runs off Ricky Nolasco in the first inning and the Houston Astros added three more long balls in a 9-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro and Chris Carter also homered for the Astros, who had 13 hits. Castro went 3 for 3 with a double.
Nolasco gave up seven runs, eight hits and four homers in three innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Bud Norris allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out one and yielded a home run to Kevin Kouzmanoff.
Dominguez's two-run homer in the second hit the roof of the Marlins' two-story office building in left. It gave Houston a 5-0 lead.
Kouzmanoff's two-run homer highlighted Miami's four-run third.
Tigers 10, Phillies 6
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam and Don Kelly also homered off Roy Halladay, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 3 1-3 innings, and Brayan Pena also went deep.
Chase Utley hit his first homer of the spring for the Phillies.
The Tigers roughed up the Halladay for seven runs in 2 2-3 innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits and walked four in his poorest outing this spring. He came in with a 2.16 ERA in three starts.
Halladay is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) in his career.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Napoli played consecutive games for the first time this spring training and had a run-scoring single and a double, helping the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Tuesday.
Napoli, diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips during his offseason contract negotiations with the Red Sox, is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two homers and six RBIs.
Winner Clay Buchholz allowed three hits in four scoreless innings, while loser Justin Germano, making his first exhibition start of the year, gave up two runs and five hits in three innings.
Boston built a 3-0 lead when Dustin Pedroia and Napoli hit consecutive RBI singles in the third, and Ryan Sweeney singled in a run in the fourth against Claudio Vargas.
Braves 12, Cardinals 3
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Julio Teheran pitched five hitless innings, Freddie Freeman was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3 Tuesday.
St. Louis ended a 29-inning scoreless streak with a three-run seventh off Luis Avilan.
Teheran, on the verge of gaining the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation, struck out six and walked two while lowering his ERA to 1.29 in four starts. He has allowed four hits and struck out 18 in 14 innings.
Freeman had two singles and a sacrifice fly. The Braves scored five times off Edward Mujica in the seventh and three times off Jason Motte in the eighth.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs, three hits, three walks and a hit batter in four innings.
Yankees 3, Rays 1
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Ivan Nova continued to make a case to be the New York Yankees' fifth starter by pitching four scoreless innings Tuesday during a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nova allowed four hits, walked none and struck out two in his third exhibition start. The right-hander who faltered down the stretch last season has allowed one run over nine innings this spring.
The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth, two of them on Bobby Wilson's pinch-hit single. Mike Fontenot drove in Tampa Bay's run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly.
On a day the Rays selected AL Cy Young Award winner David Price as their opening day starter, right-hander Alex Cobb built on a solid spring showing by working five scoreless innings.
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