Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both hit two-run home runs on Monday afternoon as the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-1-1) defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-6 in Grapefruit League preseason baseball play in Bradenton, Florida.
Starling Marte, who had started spring training 0-for-9, went 2-for-3.
Boston back-up first baseman Mike Carp, rumored to be an object of the Pirates’ interests, homered for the Red Sox (2-2). The Pittsburgh bullpen nearly blew a 6-1 lead by allowing five runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including two on the homer by Carp.
Pirates starter Francisco Liriano faced Boston’s Brandon Workman, who replaced scheduled Sox starter Jake Peavy after Peavy severely cut the index finger on his left (non-throwing) hand with a fishing knife in an accident that occurred over the weekend. Liriano worked two innings, allowed no hits, struck out three batters and walked one.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Bucs will face the Detroit Tigers (4-2) in Lakeland, Florida.