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Ortiz struggles again, Boston loses to Pirates

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Wandy Rodriguez pitched four strong innings in his third spring training start and the Pittsburgh Pirates held slumping David Ortiz hitless Wednesday night in beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2.

Ortiz went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is hitting .067, going 2 for 30 with 10 strikeouts this spring.

Rodriguez gave up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts

Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, in his second start after recovering from a cut on his finger, went 4 2-3 innings, giving up one run and four hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Travis Ishikawa had two hits, including his second home run for the Pirates. Travis Snider went 2 for 4.

Dustin Pedroia led off the fourth with a double, scoring on a single by Xander Bogaerts.

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Pirates: Rodriguez has been making steady progress this spring. He went 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 12 starts for Pittsburgh last year, but did not make a start after June 5 because of forearm discomfort.

"He's making pitches. A little bit up at times, but the fact that he's out there, there's no reservation," said manager Clint Hurdle. "You don't see any reservation. You don't see any holding back. Throwing the curveball, all of it, the competitive nature. I'm real pleased with the direction he's headed and the effort he's given us from the first day he showed up until now. He's made a lot of progress."

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell was happy with Peavey's performance.

"In the outings that he's made for us he's showing good life to his fastball, decent power to it," Farrell said. "And while he's still trying to refine the touch and feel to his changeup, there were a lot of positives here tonight."

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