BRADENTON, Fla. -- Trailing 1-0 to the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field on Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates rallied for four runs off lefty Jon Lester in the 3rd inning.
Josh Harrison ripped a leadoff double down the left field line to start the frame. Harrison, who finished the day 2-for-3, is hitting .579 (11-for-19) with a team-leading six doubles this spring. All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen followed by hitting a RBI single to right to tie the game at 1. McCutchen picked up his 10th RBI, which leads the team. For the fourth straight hit off Lester, Neil Walker connected a RBI single to left to score McCutchen from second to take a 2-1 lead.
Matt Hague crushed an 0-2 pitch from Lester for a two-run shot to left field for his third long ball of the spring. Hague, who is battling for a backup utility job this spring, has seven hits in his last 13 at-bats and has gone 12-for-28 (.429) in his first 14 games.
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