FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Pirates bats continue to heat up this spring. The Buccos plated seven runs off 10 hits off the Boston Red Sox's pitchers at jetBlue ballpark under the lights in Fort Myers, Fla. on Friday. For the fifth straight game, the Pirates have had at least 10 hits.

"It’s a good sign," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We were challenged last year offensively. Guys are working hard. They have been very much aware of the need to connect the dots from the top of the lineup to the bottom of the lineup, to take better ownership with their bats. So far we’re doing that."

Entering tonight's action, Pittsburgh was third in the National League in team batting average (.313). The Pirates also have three Bucs in the top 10 in the N.L. in avg --Starling Marte (.692), Yamaico Navarro (.5...

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