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Mitch Keller allows 2 runs as Pirates suffer 1st spring loss

Paul Schofield
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The Pirates’ Mitch Keller gave up three hits and two runs in an inning against the Twins on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Kramer (44) is greeted by Steven Baron after scoring on an RBI off the bat of Jason martin in the fourth inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates JT Brubaker pitches in the sixth inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates Tyler Lyons (70) pitches in the fourth inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Maurer (38) pitches in the fifth inning of their spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks on the field during their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Maurer (38) hand the ball to manager Clint Hurdle as he is pulled in the fifth inning of their spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks in the dugout during their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Martin steals second base as Minnesota Twins shortstop Ehire Adrianza tries to cover in the fourth inning of their spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates Jason Martin scores on a wild pitch by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tim Collins, top, in the seventh inning of their spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates Patrick Kivlehan is greeted celebrates with Will Craig (72) after his solo homer in the fifth inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Pittsburgh Pirates Patrick Kivlehan is greeted in the dugout after his solo homer in the fifth inning of their spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Top prospect Mitch Keller started and allowed three hits and two runs in an inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-5 to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.

It was the Pirates’ first loss in Grapefruit League action.

Relief pitcher Michael Feliz worked two scoreless innings, and Brandon Maurer allowed three earned runs and two hits in a four-run fifth inning.

Designated hitter Jason Martin went 2 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Jung Ho Kang went 0 for 3.

Patrick Kivlehan homered and 2018 Pirates Minor League Pitcher of the Year J.T. Brubaker tossed two scoreless innings.

Kevin Kramer went 1 for 2 with a run and RBI.

Clay Holmes is expected to start on the mound for the Pirates (3-1) against Toronto on Wednesday in Bradenton.

Francisco Liriano, Kyle Crick, Dovydas Neverauskas, Aaron Slegers and Nick Burdi also are expected to pitch.

—Staff report

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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