Victorino’s RBI lead Sox to win over Twins

Boston Red Sox Christian Vazquez (79) reaches third base as Minnesota Twins third baseman Brandon Waring covers on a double by Deven Marrero in the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) —Phil Hughes couldn’t overcome some sloppy defense to allow two unearned runs in the third inning of the Minnesota Twins’ 4-3 loss Thursday to the Boston Red Sox.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe failed to glove Xander Bogaerts’ leadoff grounder in a 37-pitch third Hughes. Bogaerts scored one out later when first baseman Joe Mauer dropped a pickoff throw.

Shane Victorino, appearing in just his second game of the spring due to nagging injuries, drove in the other unearned run that inning with a line single to center.

Victorino also had a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, when shortstop Danny Santana’s fielding error led to a two-out rally.

The Twins made four errors overall, leading to four unearned runs.

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