Red Sox LHP Romero allows go-ahead homer

Mar 14, 2007 - 9:02 PM FORT MYERS, Florida (Ticker) -- With less than three weeks until Opening Day, the Boston Red Sox are still trying to figure out who will be their closer in 2007.

Five of the possible relievers were on display as the Red Sox lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, in a Grapefruit League game.

Julian Tavarez started the fourth inning in relief of Kason Gabbard and allowed two runs and two hits while walking one and striking out one.

Lefthander J.C. Romero, signed as a free agent in the offseason, allowed just one hit, a solo homer to Pirates prospect Neil Walker in the seventh inning.

Japanese import Hideki Okajima and offseason acquisitions Joel Pineiro and Brendan Donnelly fared better, combining to throw three scoreless innings.

Zach Duke, the Pirates likely Opening Day starter, allowed two runs and four hits in four innings.

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer off Duke in the fourth inning.

Jose Bautista had two hits for Pittsburgh.

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