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Spring training breakdown: Pirates 4, Red Sox 3

| Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
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.
Pirates starter James McDonald delivers against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
Pirates catcher Carlos Paulino takes batting practice before an exhibition game Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
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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.
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A Pirates fan stands under her umbrella during a game against the Red Sox on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla.
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.
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.

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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