PIRATES 6, INDIANS 1
at Bradenton, Fla.
Monday, March 12

Pirates at the plate: Adam LaRoche drove in a run in the first for his third RBI, and finished the day 2-for-2 with a walk. Shortstop Jose Castillo doubled and scored two runs, and pitcher Tony Armas collected an RBI with a second-inning single up the first-base line. Jose Hernandez doubled twice and drove in a run. Neil Walker hit his first homer of the season in the seventh inning.

Indians at the plate: Cleveland mustered just one hit, a solo homer from Ryan Garko, through the first five innings until Casey Blake doubled. Mike Rouse had a shining defensive play at second base, falling over backward while catching a midfield popup on the run.

Pirates on the mound: Armas faced just two batters over the minimum in his four innings, giving up a homer in the first and hitting Trot Nixon in the third. Armas, John Wasdin, Jesse Chavez and Dan Kolb combined to throw a three-hitter. Chavez gave up a double in the sixth and Kolb a single in the eighth.

Indians on the mound: Jeremy Sowers was tagged for six hits and three runs (two earned) during his three innings. Tony Sipp allowed three hits and a run in an inning of relief.

Grapefruit League records: Pirates 3-8-1; Indians 8-5.

Up next: The Pirates have an off-day for the first and only time this spring on Tuesday. The Indians travel to Winter Haven for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Mets. Lefty C.C. Sabathia gets the ball for Cleveland, and will face right-hander Jason Vargas. Left-hander Aaron Fultz and righties Brian Slocum and Rafael Betancourt are also scheduled to appear for the Indians.