FORT MYERS, Fla. - Cole Hamels looked fine facing a Boston Red Sox lineup that seemed ready for opening day. John Lackey did equally well against a Philadelphia Phillies side with a few familiar names.
Lackey pitched five sharp innings, Hamels threw six good innings and Boston beat Philadelphia 6-1 Thursday night.
Hamels, set to start on opening day, gave up one run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two.
"Now that we're kind of playing more of the big-time guys, guys' swings are obviously a lot better," Hamels said.
"I think my body's starting to catch up. You build up the pitch count every five days," he said. "Obviously, as spring goes on, your body starts to kind of get going."
Hamels struck out former teammate Shane Victorino looking at a curveball to lead off the sixth.
"That's probably one of the best ones I've thrown in a really long time," Hamels said. "Even with last season. So I guess I'll have to hear from him because I know he's obviously not used to seeing me throw that, even though he was out in center field."
Victorino's bases-loaded triple off Michael Stutes highlighted Boston's five-run seventh.
Lackey allowed one run and four hits, with no walks and one strikeout.
He made his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since March 10 after pitching in a minor league game in his last outing.
The Phillies got a run off Lackey in the first when Pete Orr singled, Jimmy Rollins doubled and Michael Young had an RBI groundout.
Nots: With two outs in the ninth, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Anthony Carter. His condition was not immediately known after the game. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, who had been weakened by a stomach bug, is scheduled to start a minor league game on Saturday. LHP prospect Adam Morgan will start today against the Braves in what would have been Halladay's regularly scheduled day. ... The Phillies are contractually obligated to tell INF Yuniesky Betancourt on Sunday if he made the team. ... Phillies OF Delmon Young, recovering from offseason ankle surgery, took balls in the outfield and ran the bases during workouts in Clearwater.
Young will open the season on the disabled list. Team officials have estimated that he could be ready to be activated in mid-to-late April.