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Pirates Win On Bases-Loaded Error

March 27, 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored both of their runs Wednesday on an error with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth inning, and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a Grapefruit League preseason baseball game played in Fort Myers, Florida.

Tito Polo and Jordy Mercer both scored on the bobble by catcher-turned-first baseman Joe Mauer on a ball hit by Travis Snider.  The win went to Tony Watson in a relief role.  Brandon Cumpton had started for the Pirates (14-9-3).  He pitched five innings of scoreless, two-hit ball with four strikeouts and one walk.

Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia had broken a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning off Watson.

One day after the Pirates slammed 29 hits in a 22-5 romp over Toronto, both teams managed only four base hits.

Pittsburgh will play their final tune-up game in Florida on Thursday afternoon, hosting the New York Yankees at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.  The Bucs will conclude their preseason schedule with a pair of games against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

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