Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 5 Red Sox 2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 5 Red Sox 2

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Records: Pirates (5-5), Red Sox (7-4).

Starter: Gerrit Cole -- 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 HBP.

Hitter: Starling Marte -- 2 for 2, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 R, SB

Of note: Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows, Baseball America's No. 41 overall prospect, made his Grapefruit League debut in the fifth inning, pinch-hitting for pitcher Collin Balester. Meadows, 19, struck out swinging.

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Cole had a fine outing except for the curveball he hung to Mike Napoli in the second inning and the changeup in the fourth. Napoli drove two solo home runs over the 42-foot-tall left-field wall at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

"I just happened to goose both of them," Cole said with a laugh.

Added manager Clint Hurdle: "We beat Napoli today, 5-2."

Cole pitched into the fourth and threw 65 pitches, 38 for strikes. He said he would have liked "a little better rhythm" but thought he got stronger as the innings wore on. …

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