Pirates Game Day: Pirates 3, Rays 2

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte singles during the fourth inning against Tampa Bay Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte singles during the fourth inning against Tampa Bay Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Photo by Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Rob Biertempfel
| Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 7:51 p.m.

pirates game day

braves at pirates, 1:05 p.m.

McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: KDKA-AM (1020), Pirates Radio Network

Braves starter: RHP Julio Teheran

Pirates starter: RHP James McDonald

saturday's result

pirates 3, rays 2

Pirates starter:

Jeff Locke 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO

Rays starter:

Roberto Hernandez 1 IP

Trip-trip-triple:Felix Pie hit an RBI triple to center. It's the second day in a row the Pirates have hit a three-bagger.

Great escape:RHP Chris Leroux got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth. He got Jose Molina on a popup and struck out Luke Scott.

On the run: After grounding to short, Travis Snider hustled to first base to avoid a double play. When Garrett Jones followed with a grounder, Snider wisely held up between first and second, which allowed Starling Marte to score from third base.

Oops: With two outs in the eighth, Pirates CF Darren Ford lost Kevin Kiermaier's fly ball in the sun. It landed on the warning track for a two-run double.

Two-fer: Ford played the final five innings and went 2 for 2 with a stolen base and one RBI.

Stock up

Locke set the bar high to begin the battle for the No. 5 starter job.Stock down

The Rays' anthem singer was off key from the first note and never recovered.

monday's game

pirates at Twins, 1:05 p.m.

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