PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Red Sox defeated the Rays, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.

Making his fourth start since having right-elbow reconstruction surgery in November 2011, Red Sox starter John Lackey gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in 3-2/3 innings. He did not pitch in 2012.

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Rays southpaw Matt Moore walked Daniel Nava to start the fourth inning. One out later, Ryan Sweeney singled to right before David Ross homered to left-center field to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

Boston tacked on three more runs in the seventh, highlighted by Pedro Ciriaco’s RBI single and Jeremy Hazelbaker’s run-scoring double.

Ross’ home run was his first hit of the spring.