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Wrap up: Pirates 7, Red Sox 6

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 3, 2014 05:06 PM

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SCORE: Pirates 7, Red Sox 6

RECORD: 1-3.

BREAKDOWN: Brandon Workman allowed five runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin had two-run homers for the Pirates. The Sox, down 6-1, got a two-run homer from Bryce Brentz in the seventh inning and another two-run blast from Mike Carp in the eighth. Henry Owens allowed the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

THUMBS UP: Garin Cecchini (0 for 1 two walks) continues to impress. He made a nice play on a slow roller down the line in the first inning then drew a walk on a close 3-and-2 pitch from Edinson Volquez. When Brock Holt grounded to first, Cecchini had a good jump off first and broke up the double play with an aggressive slide.

THUMBS DOWN: Righthander Chris Resop, a veteran of 235 major games who is in minor league camp with the Sox, came in for Workman in the third inning and allowed an inherited runner to score. Two more hits produced another run.

MEDICAL REPORT: A.J. Pierzynski (2 for 3 with a double) rolled his left ankle going back to first base in the seventh inning and came out of the game. He said afterward he was fine. Pierzynski was not scheduled to play until Friday regardless. Righthander Matt Barnes, who was scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, has been scratched because of shoulder tenderness according to manager John Farrell.

AROUND THE BASES: Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa each pitched a scoreless inning in their first appearances of the spring. That drew a gathering of 20 Japanese reporters. Former Sox reliever Mark Melancon pitched a perfect fifth inning for the Pirates. The game drew a crowd of 7,558. Parking lot owners near McKechnie Field raised prices to $20 to take advantage of the influx of Red Sox fans.

NEXT GAME: The Red Sox host the Rays on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Clay Buchholz will start against Chris Archer.

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