Martin homers, Liriano sharp as Pirates beat Rays

Martin homers, Liriano sharp as Pirates beat Rays

By Fred Goodall, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.


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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Russell Martin homered for the third time this spring and drove in four runs to lead Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

Martin had an RBI single during a six-run first inning against Rays starter Matt Moore. The catcher added a three-run homer off Grant Balfour in the fourth. With six hits in his last 10 spring training at-bats, Martin has boosted his average to .462 through five games.

Liriano allowed one run and four hits in three innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.

Moore was a 17-game winner for Tampa Bay last season, but has a history of not pitching well in spring training. He yielded six runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

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