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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3

AP - Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez misplays a popup during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez misplays a popup during the first inning of an exhibition game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
AP - Pirates starter James McDonald delivers against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates starter James McDonald delivers against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
AP - Pirates catcher Carlos Paulino takes batting practice before an exhibition game Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates catcher Carlos Paulino takes batting practice before an exhibition game Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
REUTERS - Pirates outfielder Starling Marte makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by the Red Sox's Daniel Nava on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>Pirates outfielder Starling Marte makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by the Red Sox's Daniel Nava on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
REUTERS - A Pirates fan stands under her umbrella during a game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>REUTERS</em></div>A Pirates fan stands under her umbrella during a game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
AP - Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris (left) is congratulated by catcher Michael McKenry after recording the final out of their 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris (left) is congratulated by catcher Michael McKenry after recording the final out of their 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
AP - Pirates outfielder Starling Marte safely slides into third base as the Red Sox's Jonathan Hee waits for the throw Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates outfielder Starling Marte safely slides into third base as the Red Sox's Jonathan Hee waits for the throw Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.

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Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
 

Monday's result

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 9 13 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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