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Ortiz ends 0-for-8 start; Red Sox beat Braves, 4-1

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz follows through on a double as Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird watches during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz follows through on a double as Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird watches during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' David Carpenter delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' David Carpenter delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds a bat during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds a bat during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings at a pitch by Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. Napoli flied out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings at a pitch by Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. Napoli flied out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, of Japan, delivers a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, of Japan, delivers a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' B.J. Upton walks back to the dugout after he struck out looking on a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' B.J. Upton walks back to the dugout after he struck out looking on a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging on a pitch by Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging on a pitch by Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird, left, speaks with pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird, left, speaks with pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Ramiro Pena fields a single hit by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Ramiro Pena fields a single hit by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks runs to first on a single off a pitch by Atlanta Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks runs to first on a single off a pitch by Atlanta Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Ryan Doumit catches a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Ryan Doumit catches a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia throws to first base to retire Atlanta Braves' Tommy La Stella in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia throws to first base to retire Atlanta Braves' Tommy La Stella in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward singles in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward singles in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward, bottom, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, top, throws to first during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Braves' Justin Upton was safe at first. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward, bottom, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, top, throws to first during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Braves' Justin Upton was safe at first. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood delivers a warm-up pitch in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood delivers a warm-up pitch in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz follows through on a double as Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird watches during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' David Carpenter delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds a bat during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli swings at a pitch by Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. Napoli flied out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara, of Japan, delivers a warm-up pitch in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1 over the Braves. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' B.J. Upton walks back to the dugout after he struck out looking on a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging on a pitch by Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird, left, speaks with pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Ramiro Pena fields a single hit by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks runs to first on a single off a pitch by Atlanta Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro in the fifth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Ryan Doumit catches a fly ball by Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia throws to first base to retire Atlanta Braves' Tommy La Stella in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward singles in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward, bottom, is forced out at second base as Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, top, throws to first during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Braves' Justin Upton was safe at first. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Atlanta Braves' Alex Wood delivers a warm-up pitch in the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront delivers a warm-up pitch in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, right, watches the flight of his double, in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird during the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort, Myers, Fla. The Red Sox won 4-1. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – David Ortiz ended an 0-for-8 spring training start with a double in the fourth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, yesterday.

Ortiz had struck out four times and walked once before his first hit of the exhibition season.

Left-hander Felix Doubront, making his second start, allowed two hits in four scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Alex Wood, a left-hander trying to become Atlanta’s fifth starter, gave up two hits with two strikeouts in three scoreless innings.

Jason Heyward hit his second home run of spring training, a sixth-inning drive against Junichi Tazawa.

Jonny Gomes hit a tying single off Anthony Varvaro in the bottom of the sixth, and Boston went ahead in a three-run seventh against Cody Martin on Jonathan Herrera’s RBI double with two outs and Ryan Lavarnway’s two-run single.

Edward Mujica earned the win and Francisco Cordero a save. Martin was the loser.

Starting time

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell was encouraged by Doubront’s outing.

“The one thing we’ve seen in Felix’s two starts is that when he’s misfired on a given pitch, he’s making the adjustment on the very next one,” Farrell said. “That’s to me probably as encouraging a sign as any so far. But he’s ahead in the count. He’s been efficient. He was originally scheduled for three innings today, but the pitch count was so low we sent him back out for a fourth. He’s in a comfortable place right now.”

Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez was happy with Wood’s performance.

“Woody was outstanding,” Gonzalez said. “We think really high of him.

“He gets excited, and he competes. He’s a bulldog on the mound. ... He’s a guy that likes to compete. He pounds the strike zone and he just keeps giving you good outings after good outings.”

Wood retired Ortiz on a called third strike in the first inning for his first strikeout.

“Breaking ball,” Wood said. “I threw him some good fastballs in and out early, and I ended up throwing him a really good breaking ball. That wasn’t the only good one I threw today; if anything, I was probably most excited about that. I was able to throw my breaking ball consistently for strikes. If I can continue to do that it’s going to be really huge for me.”

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: Catcher David Ross returned to the lineup after being sidelined since March 2 with inflammation in a tendon in his left foot. He went 0-for-2.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynksi, who has been sidelined since rolling his left ankle Monday, is expected to be in the starting lineup today.

Jake Peavy, who cut his left index finger with a fishing knife on March 1, is expected to have an extended bullpen session today and could make his first start Thursday.

Right-hander Matt Barnes, who has been sidelined since Feb. 27 with shoulder stiffness, has begun a throwing program.

Outfielder Shane Victorino, who has been delayed after thumb surgery in December, could get into a game early next week.

Braves: None.

For the record

Heyward, who went 2-for-3, has two of the Braves’ three home runs this spring.

Grady Sizemore, attempting to come back after being sidelined for more than two years by injuries, went 2-for-3 with a leadoff infield single for Boston.

“He did a number of things today that we hadn’t seen yet,” Farrell said. “He advances 90 feet on a ball in the dirt. First time he’s been forced to slide. So with each day out and each game played there’s other situations that are emerging that he’s responding to.”

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