BRADENTON, Fla. — Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez contributed a two-run homer and RBI single as the Pittsburgh Pirates got 29 hits Tuesday and routed the Toronto Blue Jays 22-5.
Starling Marte and Jose Tabata each homered and drove in four runs. Marte got five hits and Tabata had four. The Pirates finished with nine extra-base hits.
In his first at-bat of the spring, Rodriguez hit a full-count fastball from J.A. Happ into the Pirates’ bullpen in right field. Rodriguez added his single in an eight-run fourth inning.
Rodriguez made his final start of spring training, working 4 2-3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and four walks.
Matt Tuiasosopo hit a solo home run for Toronto.
Happ did not help his bid to claim a job in Toronto’s rotation. He faced 20 batters in three-plus innings and allowed seven runs and 12 hits.
Nationals 7, Mets 3
VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg pitched into the sixth inning in his final spring training tuneup and Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets.
Strasburg was touched for three runs, all in the third when Travis d’Arnaud homered and Eric Young Jr. had a two-run double. The Nationals right-hander struck out seven and walked two in 5 2-3 innings.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler lasted just 2 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, including Harper’s homer. Wheeler threw 73 pitches, 40 in the third inning alone before he was removed.
Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs and Denard Span had three hits for Washington.
Zimmerman homered off Mets closer Bobby Parnell in the eighth.
Red Sox 4, Rays 2
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Grady Sizemore bolstered his bid to become Boston’s new starting center fielder, hitting a two-run homer as the Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.
Will Middlebrooks also hit a solo homer as the defending World Series champions won for the ninth time in 24 games this spring.
Wil Myers and Jose Molina both drove in runs for the Rays, who are still a Grapefruit League best 15-6-3.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz gave up two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out five
Twins 4, Orioles 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Pelfrey struck out four in three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Pelfrey allowed just two hits and first baseman Joe Mauer went 2 for 3 with an RBI, raising his spring average to .306.
Bud Norris, in line to be Baltimore’s fourth or fifth starter, gave up two earned runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Braves 12, Tigers 3
LAKELAND, Fla. — Ervin Santana allowed two runs in three innings as the Atlanta Braves topped the Detroit Tigers.
Santana gave up four hits and struck out one in his second start since being signed by the Braves to a one-year, $11 million deal on March 12. Santana was 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA for the Kansas City Royals last season.
Rangers 5, Indians 0
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Robbie Ross gave a strong audition in his bid to join the Texas rotation, pitching seven shutout innings that led the Rangers over the Cleveland Indians.
Ross allowed just four hits, striking out eight and walking three.
Giants 5, Brewers 4
PHOENIX — Wily Peralta hit his second homer of spring training and allowed one run over 6 1-3 innings but the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the San Francisco Giants.
Khris Davis a homered in the fifth, before Peralta and Carlos Gomez went back-to-back in the sixth. Martin Moldando connected in the eighth for the Brewers, who had eight hits.
Rockies 4, White Sox 1
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Juan Nicasio held the Chicago White Sox hitless for five innings and Jordan Pacheco homered, helping the Colorado Rockies to a victory.
Nicasio struck out six of the first eight batters and eight overall. He was removed after 82 pitches and walking just one — that runner was erased on a double play. The only other Chicago player to reach base was Adam Eaton, who struck out but made it to first on a wild pitch.