Clint Barmes hit a two-run home run, Brad Hawpe drove in a pair of runs and seven Pirates pitchers teamed for a seven-hitter as the Pittsburgh defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-2 in front of 5,626 fans at McKechnie Field.
It was the Pirates’ first home game of the Grapefruit League season, and the first official exhibition game at McKechnie since the ballpark underwent a $10 million overhaul.
Darren Ford had two hits and two RBIs and Clint Robinson singled, doubled and scored a pair of runs for the Pirates (2-0).
Pendleton School graduate Tyler Pastornicky knocked in a run for the Braves.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Braves starter Julio Teheran, ranked 31st in MLB.com’s list of baseball’s top 100 prospects, pitched two hitless innings, striking out two and walking one.UP NEXT: The Pirates head south to Fort Myers to take on the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. Monday. Kyle McPherson will start for Pittsburgh against the Twins’ Vance Worley