BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Pittsburgh's Brad Eldred, Jose Bautista and Nate McLouth homered Tuesday in a 10-to-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
After ranking 12th in the National League last season with 139 homers, the Pirates added Sean Casey, Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Randa. The three players who homered against Atlanta are expected to be among the Pirates' top hitting prospects at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Zach Duke, who was 8-and-2 with a 1.81 E-R-A as a rookie last season, allowed two runs and seven hits in three innings, his second straight shaky start. He gave up Wilson Betemit's R-B-I single in the first and James Jurries' single in the third that gave the Braves a 2-to-1 lead.
Atlanta starter Chuck James, who went 9-and-1 for Double-A Mississippi last season, gave up one run and two hits in two innings. Brad Baker allowed six runs and six hits in two innings, including the home runs by Eldred and Bautista.
Atlanta dropped to 2-and-4 this spring. The Braves have allowed 24 runs in their last three games, all losses.
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