FORT MYERS, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli both hit towering homers over the Green Monster on Monday afternoon, pacing the Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Cardinals in the second meeting this spring between last year’s pennant winners.
Grady Sizemore continues to make a strong push to be Boston’s Opening Day center fielder. Sizemore crashed into the wall in center to rob Daniel Descalso of a hit in the first. Sizemore added three hits from the leadoff spot, including a double off the Green Monster.
John Lackey, who won the clinching Game 6 of last year’s World Series, didn’t fare as well in his latest matchup with St. Louis.
“I felt OK, to be honest,” said Lackey. “I got to the pitch count I wanted to get to. I got some things accomplished in the bullpen before the game. I threw my cutter for the first time today. I came out of it healthy and I’ll keep moving.”
The righty gave up six hits and five runs over five innings, walking two and striking out three.
Shelby Miller wasn’t at his best for the Cardinals either, giving up three hits, three walks and three runs over 3 2/3 innings.
“Obviously, he hit it good,” Miller said of Pedroia’s homer. “He’s a good hitter, it’s not luck. It was a backed-up curveball, coming inside and I just made a mistake. I should have kept it down a little bit, but he got it no question.”
The Cardinals broke out to a 5-2 lead by scoring two in the third and three in the fourth against Lackey.
The big hits were two-run doubles by Descalso and Pete Kozma.
The Red Sox answered with a five-spot against lefty Tyler Lyons in the fifth that was fueled by Napoli’s three-run blast and an RBI double off the Green Monster by Xander Bogaerts.
Second baseman Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Cardinals.
Up Next: The Cardinals will enjoy their second off-day of the spring on Tuesday before returning to Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday to face the Twins at 12:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV. Right-hander Carlos Martinez will get the start for St. Louis, as he looks to continue stating his case for a rotation spot. Through three spring starts, Martinez is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA over 10 innings.