(photo by John Lembo) Starling Marte and Jake Fox cracked home runs off of Philles ace Cliff Lee, above, and six pitchers limited the Phillies to six hits as the Pirates beat Philadelphia 3-2 in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,547 at McKechnie Field.
Marte had two hits and scored two runs and Fox, battling for a reserve role, raised his average to .313 for the Pirates (6-7), who have won three straight.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Pirates starter Kevin Correia coasted through four innings, walking one, striking out two and allowing one hit. Correia has not allowed an earned run in nine innings this spring.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Let’s just call it the Starling Marte Award. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and raised his spring average to .500 in 11 games.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s pretty much been following the glove all spring.” – Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Correia.
UP NEXT: The Tampa Bay Rays make the first of their three trips to Bradenton this afternoon for a 1:05 start. Jeff Karstens is expected to pitch for the Pirates against the Rays’ James Shields.