Baseball roundup

Pirates 5, Red Sox 3

Clay Buchholz is rounding into form for the Boston Red Sox.

Making his fifth start this spring, Buchholz pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning, but the Red Sox lost to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Buchholz allowed one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The Pirates scored four times in the eighth. Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking two-run shot off Anthony Carter for his first homer of the spring.

Garrett Jones hit his first spring homer leading off the second for Pittsburgh's only run against Buchholz, who went 11-8 in 29 starts last year.

"Everything feels good," Buchholz said. "It feels good to feel good, really. All the pitches are coming along. A few here and there, maybe I'm trying too hard to make a better pitch than what I should."

"But at least they're good pitches - they're down for the most part. Everything's rolling along right now," he said.

The right-hander threw 88 pitches.

"A number of quality pitches with men in scoring position," manager John Farrell said. "I thought he kept the game in check, didn't speed up on him at all. Thought he and (catcher) David (Ross) worked will together in those situations to use all his pitches. Again, another very solid outing for Clay."

In the Boston second, Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off with a double and scored on David Ross' single. Jose Iglesias later had an RBI single.

With one out in the third, Will Middlebrooks tripled and Saltalamacchia singled.

Tigers 10, Yankees 6

Miguel Cabrera hit his fourth home run of the spring and Detroit beat New York on an afternoon when the wind was blowing out.

Jhonny Peralta and Kevin Russo also homered for the Tigers. Torii Hunter and Alex Avila each added three hits.

Recently signed Ben Francisco homered twice for the Yankees.

Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and gave up four earned runs in 6 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the spring. He struck out five.

Yankees reliever Cody Eppley allowed five runs, all earned, without retiring a batter and saw his spring ERA balloon to 14.29.

Mets 3, Nationals 1

Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez allowed one run in six innings, but New York beat the Nationals.

Making his first Grapefruit League start since pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one.

Lucas Duda hit his fourth spring homer, connecting off Washington reliever Drew Storen in seventh for a tiebreaking solo shot.

Travis d'Arnaud added a RBI single in the Mets' eighth.

Washington's Chad Tracy was 3 for 3 with a double.

Mets starter Rafael Montero threw 4 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out three.

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