Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3

Rob Biertempfel
| 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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