KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Freddie Freeman was 4 for 4, Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla each homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday.

Freeman followed an RBI double in the first inning with three straight singles as he raised his average for the spring to .356.

Freeman hit .319 with 109 RBI last season and recently signed an eight-year $135 million contract.

“I don’t know if I can ask him for more,” Manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That was a pretty darn good season he had last year. If he can keep duplicating it year after year, that contract is going to be cheap.”

Uggla’s homer was a two-run drive in the fifth inning. Red Sox starter John Lackey was relieved one batter later after allowing five runs and 10 hits. Lackey struck out six.

Lackey has a 9.49 ERA for three spring starts but feels he’s on track.


“It’s spring training. I’m not really concerned about a lot right now,” he said. I’m just building up arm strength. I feel fine.”

Lackey has one more spring start and would like to build to 90 pitches. He threw 83 against the Braves.

“I’d like to go into the season not on a pitch count,” he said.

Simmons’ homer came in the fourth inning right after Lackey made a dive and flipped to first to get Jordan Schafer on a bunt, and just before Freeman drilled him on the backside with a liner.

“It got me on the thigh,” he said. “I was fine.”

Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow is slated to make his spring debut Monday for the Red Sox after throwing 20 pitches of batting practice Friday.


“By all accounts it was a good day for him,” Manager John Farrell said.

Breslow started last season on the disabled list but was still 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 61 games.

“It takes him longer than most pitchers to get ready,” Farrell said.

INDIANS: The team released outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

RANGERS: Texas assigned infielder Brent Lillibridge to minor league camp and released Jose Contreras, the 42-year-old right-hander they already said wouldn’t make the team.

RAYS: Alex Cobb struck out 12 in seven innings, and Tampa Bay and Baltimore played to a 3-3, 10-inning tie at Port Charlotte, Fla.


REDS: Utility player Skip Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder and will miss about a month.

Brandon Phillips hit his third home run in four games and Roger Bernadina added to a big spring for Cincinnati, belting a three-run shot and driving in four runs as the Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-3 at Mesa, Ariz.

ORIOLES: Third baseman Manny Machado, who has a left knee injury, still doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to start the season.

GIANTS: Right-hander Kameron Loe received his release. He had a provision in his contract allowing him to opt out if he wasn’t going to make the major league roster.

BREWERS: Ron Roenicke has a contract to manage the team through next year after the club exercised its option for 2015.

BRAVES: Julio Teheran, who was 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA last year as a rookie, will get the opening-day start.


BLUE JAYS: Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Colby Rasmus drove in two runs and Toronto beat Detroit 9-4 at Dunedin, Fla.

PHILLIES: Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche homered but Pittsburgh rallied for a 5-3 victory at Bradenton, Fla.

YANKEES: Masahiro Tanaka struggled a bit in one of his final tuneups for the regular season, allowing three runs while pitching into the sixth inning, but New York still beat Minnesota 5-4 at Fort Myers, Fla.

NATIONALS: Doug Fister pitched 32/3 scoreless innings in only his second spring-training start and Danny Espinosa hit two home runs, his second a game-ending shot that lifted Washington to a 6-5 victory against a Miami split squad at Viera, Fla.

CARDINALS: Matt Adams hit a homer among his two hits and drove in three runs, leading St. Louis past Houston 5-2 at Kissimmee, Fla.

METS: Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a two-run homer, leading New York to a 10-2 rout of a Miami split squad at Jupiter, Fla.


MARINERS: Roenis Elias, a Cuban defector who was a nonroster invitee to camp, impressed again in his improbable quest for a spot in Seattle’s rotation, throwing 51/3 strong innings in a 4-3 loss to Colorado in a game between split squads at Scottsdale, Ariz.

PADRES: Tyson Ross learned he would be the No. 3 starter, then pitched into the seventh inning, allowing a run and six hits in San Diego’s 3-3, nine-inning tie with a Chicago White Sox split squad.

GIANTS: Tim Hudson pitched six strong innings, Buster Posey had three hits and San Francisco beat a Chicago White Sox split squad 8-5 at Peoria, Ariz.

ROCKIES: Jordan Pacheco hit a two-run homer and Paul Janish capped a five-run sixth inning with a two-run double, leading a Colorado split squad to a 16-4 rout of Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz.

ROYALS: Alcides Escobar went 3 for 3 with three RBI and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to help Kansas City beat Texas 8-4 at Surprise, Ariz.

ATHLETICS: Scott Kazmir recovered from a shaky start and Stephen Vogt hit a pair of two-run homers to lead Oakland over a Seattle split squad 6-5 at Phoenix.

ANGELS: Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered in the same game for the first time this spring and combined for four of the 14 hits in a 9-6 victory against Milwaukee at Phoenix.

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