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Bonser gives up 5 runs, 6 hits in first start for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- James Shields was solid for 5 2/3 innings and Evan Longoria hit two of Tampa Bay's seven home runs Monday in an 11-9 win over a split squad of Boston Red Sox.

Shields recently was picked by Rays manager Joe Maddon to start on opening day for the third straight year. The right-hander gave up one run and five hits.

"I liked Shields a lot," Maddon said. "He attacked the strike zone. Pitched primarily with his fastball but mixed some other things in. I like the fastball and his aggressive nature was very good."

Kelly Shoppach homered twice for Tampa Bay and drove in four runs. Ben Zobrist, Sean Rodriguez and Hank Blalock also homered for the Rays.

Mike Cameron had two hits for Boston and is batting .423 this spring. He doubled off Shields and scored on Dustin Pedroia's sacrifice fly.

"I was a little shaky at the start, a little off, a lot of three-ball counts," Shields said. "I got in a nice rhythm from the third on and I felt pretty good for the most part."

Boof Bonser was hit hard in his first start for the Red Sox, giving up five runs and six hits in two-plus innings.

Boston reliever Junichi Tazawa gave up three home runs and Scott Atchison and Joe Nelson surrendered one each.

"I thought pretty much overall our whole staff, when we were up, everything kind of got flat," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "And when [the Rays] got it in the air, a lot of balls left the ballpark, starting with Boof. When he came out he revealed a little bit his right groin was grabbing at him a little bit. So, we'll look at him tomorrow and see where that goes."

The Red Sox scored eight runs in the last three innings. Ray Chang hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Winston Abreu.

Game notes
Boston RHP John Lackey started a minor league intrasquad game, going five innings and giving one run and three hits. He struck out seven. ... LHP Alan Embree, who recently signed a minor league contract, is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game for Boston on Wednesday. ... Rays C Dioner Navarro, out with a left shin nerve bruise, could be back before the end of the exhibition season.