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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 9, Red Sox 3

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates left fielder Starling Marte slides into third base with a triple past Boston's Brock Holt to lead off their game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates left fielder Starling Marte slides into third base with a triple past Boston's Brock Holt to lead off their game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez robs Boston's Pedro Ciriaco of a hit with a leaping snag of a line drive during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez robs Boston's Pedro Ciriaco of a hit with a leaping snag of a line drive during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke delivers against the boston Red Sox during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke delivers against the boston Red Sox during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Boston pitcher Joel Hanrahan talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before their game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Boston pitcher Joel Hanrahan talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before their game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates catcher Michael McKenry breaks up a double play under Boston's Pedro Ciriaco during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates catcher Michael McKenry breaks up a double play under Boston's Pedro Ciriaco during a game Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The scoreboard attendant at jetBlue Park changes the Pirates' score between innings of a game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>The scoreboard attendant at jetBlue Park changes the Pirates' score between innings of a game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The Pirates' Brandon Inge scores past Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during a spring training game Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Pirates' Brandon Inge scores past Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez during a spring training game Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla.

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PIRATES 9, RED SOX 3

Pirates starter: Jeff Locke 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Red Soxstarter: Jon Lester 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Monster shot: Starling Marte opened the game with a towering triple to left-center high off the simulated Green Monster.

Potent: Jose Tabata's strong start continued with a pinch-hit, RBI double off the tall fence in center in the sixth inning.

Stock up: Jared Hughes' torrid spring continued with a 1-2-3 fifth inning. His ERA is at 0.00 after four appearances.

Stock down: Pedro Alvarez's swing is still a bit behind. He went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly. He's 1 for 14 this spring.

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