(photo by John Lembo)
Jeff Karstens allowed an earned run over five innings but the Pirates fell 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 6,542 fans at McKechnie Field.
It was McKechnie’s fourth sellout in seven games this spring.
Andrew McCutchen homered for the Pirates (6-8), while Luke Scott hit his first home run of the spring for the Rays.
Carlos Pena cracked a triple in the sixth for his first hit of the spring and later scored on a wild pitch.
Jason Grilli pitched two scoreless innings for the Pirates and has tossed six shutout innings this spring.
STAR OF THE GAME: Rays starter James Shields went six innings, striking out seven while allowing a run on four hits. He is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA this spring.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Josh Harrison, who made his major-league debut and played 65 games last year for the Pirates, doubled Saturday. The 24-year-old is 9 for 15 this spring (.600). QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I screwed that whole thing up.” – Rays manager Joe Maddon on not using minor-leaguer Shawn O’Malley on St. Patrick’s Day. O’Malley made the trip to Bradenton but didn’t play.
UP NEXT: The Pirates head to Fort Myers today to play the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates against the Twins’ Francisco Liriano. The Pirates and Twins will also play a “B” game 10 a.m. today in Fort Myers.