Phillies quiet as Lee serves up two homers
Left-hander stretched to 4 2/3 innings in loss to host Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Kevin Correia extended his scoreless spring to nine innings and Starling Marte's homer started the scoring against Cliff Lee as the Pirates downed the Phillies, 3-2, in Grapefruit League action Friday.Marte gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer, his team-leading third of the spring. The outfield prospect also figured in the Bucs' second scoring inning against Lee. Marte singled with one out in the third for Pittsburgh's second hit and made his way to third on a Clint Barmes single and a wild pitch before scoring on Casey McGehee's infield grounder, making it 2-0. Correia allowed only a wind-aided double in four innings, with one walk and two strikeouts. Correia, the Pirates' Opening Day starter last April, has allowed three hits in nine shutout innings of three Grapefruit League starts. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has yet to name his starter for the April 5 opener against the Phillies.
Pinch-hitter Jake Fox's homer in the fifth gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.Lee, whose previous longest outing had also been three innings, went 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and three runs, with five strikeouts and a walk. "He got a couple of fastballs in the middle of the plate and he got hit a little bit, but he got his work in," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Up next for Phillies: Vance Worley, who has a 1-1 record and 3.00 ERA after two spring starts, will start Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET road game against the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow in Dunedin. Back in Clearwater, veteran slugger Jim Thome will make his second appearance of the spring at first base in a Minor League game.
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