Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3
By Rob Biertempfel
Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
Pirates 4, Red Sox 3
Braves starter : RHP Clay Buchholz — 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Pirates starter : RHP James McDonald — 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP
Going deep : Neil Walker launched a solo homer onto the boardwalk in right-center field. It was the first run allowed in 91⁄3 innings this spring by Buchholz.
Going deeper : Gaby Sanchez's two-run blast in the seventh gave the Pirates the lead. Sanchez has a team-high four homers.
On a roll : Starling Marte doubled, giving him hits in six of his past eight games.
Stock rising : Jason Grilli made his first post-WBC appearance and cruised through a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
Stock falling : The weatherman. The start of the game was delayed 48 minutes because of cloudiness. The rain didn't start to fall until after the tarp was removed and play began.
Connections: Red Sox manager John Farrell's oldest son, Jeremy, is an infielder in the Pirates' farm system.
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