Tuesday's Grapefruit League Roundup

Apr 1, 2009 - 2:43 AM FORT MYERS, Florida (Ticker) -- Jason Varitek's three-run home run in the seventh inning ignited a comeback as the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to edge the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-7, on Tuesday in a Grapefruit League contest.

Trailing 7-2 after seven innings, the Red Sox added three runs in the eighth on Nick Green's two-run triple and Angel Chavez's RBI single to win their final home exhibition game of the spring.

Other games:

At Sarasota, Florida - Brett Gardner, who has won the starting center fielder's job, collected three more hits to raise his spring average to .390 as the New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3.

At Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Chris Duncan smacked a three-run shot and Adam Wainwright allowed two runs over five innings as the St. Louis Cardinals posted a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

At Lee County, Florida - Brian Buscher, Mike Redmond and Matt Moses each collected three hits as the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-8.

At Lakeland, Florida - Justin Maxwell, Dmitri Young and Austin Kearns all blasted homers and combined for six RBI, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers.

At Kissimmee, Florida - Carlos Lee homered and drove in four and Ivan Rodriguez drove in a pair to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Chipper Jones, who signed a three-year extension with the Braves earlier Tuesday, hit a three-run homer.

At Jupiter, Florida - Carlos Delgado went 3-for-3 and David Wright and Daniel Murphy drove in two runs apiece as the New York Mets pounded the Florida Marlins, 9-2.

At Clearwater, Florida - Brett Myers allowed one run and three hits in four innings and Raul Ibanez homered as the Philadelphia Phillies posted 15 hits en route to a 9-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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