FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox showed off their power Tuesday.

Ortiz, Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury each hit a two-run homer and Jason Varitek added a solo shot in Boston’s 9-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

“I thought, you look at all the swings, and I don’t know that I’d characterize them as spring training home runs,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

“I know some days you see the way the flag’s blowing and you see balls go out that direction. I thought those were four pretty good swings.”

Varitek went deep in the second and Ortiz connected in the third against Scott Baker, who allowed four runs and seven hits in three innings. Ellsbury and Bay homered off Matt Guerrier in the fourth.

Josh Beckett pitched four innings in his fifth spring start for Boston. He allowed three runs and six hits, struck out three and walked one.

Minnesota scored all of its runs off the Red Sox ace in the second.

“We were really pleased that he went back out and was able to have a third and fourth, ends up being a decent workload outing,” Francona said, “something that doesn’t get cut short, because that was a long second inning.”

Francona came to the mound when Beckett appeared to slip fielding Carlos Gomez’s fourth-inning grounder.

“It was actually the inning before,” Beckett said. “I have a callus on my toe. When you get a little sweaty, calluses get a little soft, and it’s almost like a rip, a cut on my toe where that callus is. I could make some adjustments when I was pitching because it was more under control. But whenever you have to go after a ball like that, just kind of made it worse.”

Baker struck out two and walked one in his fourth spring training start.

“I felt really good today,” he said. “I felt that my stuff was very good. I’ve had worse stuff than I had today and had really good results.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Baker “labored through” his outing.

“His fastball was actually coming out of his hand pretty good,” he said. “Location-wise, he missed with his breaking balls but his fastball was coming out good and down.”

Alexi Casilla went 4-for-4 and stole two bases for Minnesota. Denard Span hit a solo drive off Jonathan Papelbon in the fifth.

Gardenhire said Span is “getting there” after struggling earlier.

“The big thing for him is slowing it down and putting good swings on the ball,” he said. “He did that today.”

AP-ES-03-17-09 1811EDT


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