FORT MYERS, Fla. – Josh Beckett hopes to help himself out with his glove.

Beckett helped turn a double play and earned the win Saturday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 in a split-squad game.

“It’s something I’ve always tried to take pride in,” Beckett said of his defense and pickoff move to first base. “But the priority is going to be to get the guy at the plate out. That’s never going to change. If I feel like something else is going to take away from that, whether it’s controlling the base runners, I’m probably not going to worry about the base.”

Beckett allowed one run and two hits in five innings with two strikeouts and a walk. He has a 1.29 ERA.

“Josh is as professional a player as I’ve been around when it comes to pitching,” new Boston manager Bobby Valentine said.

New Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross went 2 for 3 with a double and a fifth-inning solo homer off reliever Brad Bergeson.

“Cody is very aggressive,” Valentine said. “He’s fitting in well with his new teammates. It seems like he has been around a long time. He has a power stroke. I like his defense.”

Baltimore starter Armando Galarraga gave up four runs and six hits in four innings, lifting his ERA to 7.88.

With Manager Buck Showalter in Sarasota with the other half of the split squad for a 3-3, 10-inning tie, bench coach John Russell — Pittsburgh’s manager from 2008-10 — ran the Fort Myers half of the Orioles. Russell oversaw the first spring training start of shortstop prospect Manny Machado, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Machado, 19, went 0 for 1 with two walks and said he enjoyed facing Beckett. Machado, who grew up in Miami, rooted for Beckett when the pitcher helped the 2003 Florida Marlins win the World Series.

“He’s got good stuff. Hopefully I’ll be facing him soon,” Machado said. “I was 14, 15 years old and watching him pitch. Now I’m facing him at a young age now. It’s definitely exciting. Hopefully I will see him down the road.”

In the other split-squad game at Sarasota, Fla., Wei-Yin Chen became the first Baltimore pitcher to throw five innings this spring, and the Orioles and Red Sox played to a 3-3 tie.

Chen also displayed a nifty pickoff move that nabbed two runners. He blanked Boston until the fifth, when Ryan Lavarnway and Pedro Ciriaco singled and Nate Spears hit a three-run homer.

Aaron Cook pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings for Boston, giving up one hit.

The Red Sox released pitcher Carlos Silva, who entered camp with lingering shoulder soreness and was not able to overcome it in time to be in the mix for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

YANKEES: Mariano Rivera needed just eight pitches to get through a scoreless inning in a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros at Tampa, Fla.

Rivera extended his spring training stretch of not giving up an earned run to 24 innings. The last earned run he allowed came on March 15, 2008, against Tampa Bay.

New York’s Hiroki Kuroda allowed one run and three hits in four innings, throwing 49 of 59 pitches for strikes.

Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer off Bud Norris in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.

PADRES: Outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to be sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery Monday.

BRAVES: Brandon Beachy allowed two hits while striking out six over four innings and Dan Uggla homered for Atlanta’s split squad in a 5-3 win over a Toronto split squad at Kissimmee, Fla.

In Atlanta’s other split-squad game at Port St. Lucie, Fla., David Ross hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning as the Braves rallied for a 3-2 win over the Mets.

NATIONALS: Jordan Zimmermann threw four scoreless innings and Washington played to a 1-1 tie against a Miami split squad at Viera, Fla.

MARLINS: Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run and Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings, but a Miami split squad lost 5-2 to Minnesota at Jupiter, Fla.

PHILLIES: Third baseman Placido Polanco injured his left ring finger diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt during Philadelphia’s 4-3 win over a Toronto split squad at Clearwater, Fla.

Vance Worley threw four scoreless innings for the Phillies. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning around two hits.

RAYS: James Shields struck out seven in six innings and allowed his first earned run of spring training as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh 2-1 at Bradenton, Fla.

TIGERS: Ryan Raburn hit his fifth home run this spring and Delmon Young homered and doubled, leading Detroit to a 10-3 win over St. Louis at Lakeland, Fla.

Young raised his spring average to .519.

Andy Oliver threw two more scoreless innings for the Tigers. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in nine innings.

WHITE SOX: Jake Peavy threw five hitless innings in his best outing of the spring and Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 at Glendale, Ariz.

DIAMONDBACKS: Jason Kubel homered twice, tripled and drove in three runs as Arizona beat a Texas split squad, 8-6 at Surprise, Ariz.

Kubel had a solo drive in the fourth off Scott Feldman that hit a promotional tent far behind the right-field fence, then added a two-run drive in the fifth against Koji Uehara.