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Red Sox jump out to 7-0 lead, hold off Team USA 7-5

Red Sox jump out to 7-0 lead, hold off Team USA 7-5

The Boston Red Sox managed to eke past Team USA, 7-5, despite five runs from USA in the final two innings at JetBlue Park on Thursday.

Behind starter Jalen Beeks, the Red Sox shut out Team USA through seven innings. During that time, the Sox got out to a comfortable 7-0 lead behind homers from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Matt Dominquez. Mitch Moreland also added a two-run single.

Beeks finished his two innings with two strikeouts and a walk. Craig Kimbrel, Robbie Ross, Heath Hembree, Robby Scott and Kyle Martin each pitched one scoreless inning. Kimbrell and Ross each had two strikeouts. 

But USA rallied in the eighth and ninth behind Josh Harrison, who finished 2 of 2 for a single, homer and 4 RBIs. Team USA beat up on 28-year-old lefty Cesar Cabral, who got credited with all three of the Sox' earned runs in 2/3 innings pitched. Taylor Grover entered in the seventh, and finished the game off in the eighth with two runs, none earned.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.