Locke impresses as Sanchez goes deep vs. Yanks

Lefty tosses two scoreless innings; designated hitter, Decker hit homers

Locke impresses as Sanchez goes deep vs. Yanks

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tony Sanchez and Jaff Decker homered on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Sanchez cleared the right field wall in the second inning for a two-run shot off left-hander Chris Capuano. Decker extended the Pirates' lead in the fifth with a no-doubt solo shot to right on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jose Ramirez.

Competing to break camp as the Pirates' fifth starter, left-hander Jeff Locke held New York to a hit over two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out two. Pittsburgh pitching held the Yankees to a run on five hits in the contest, striking out 12.

"I don't mean to take anything away from it, but sometimes I think you just want to get through it, just get the first one under your belt," Locke said. "Just getting back out there on the mound, trying to keep your mechanics sound, not really always worry about what the pitch is doing or try to be too perfect.

"Really just get out there and get your bearings straight again -- no L screen, no hitting turtle. It's fun to get out there and compete again, especially first outing in spring, it's a night game, and it's the Yankees. It's always fun to go out there and play against the Yankees."

Alex Rodriguez walked, lined softly to shortstop and struck out in three plate appearances and is 1-for-4 with two walks this spring. Carlos Beltran made his first exhibition appearance of the year, playing right field and striking out twice with a walk.

"The good thing is I am pain-free," Beltran said. "Now it's time to continue to get better and put good at-bats [together] during the whole Spring Training."

A likely choice to round out the Yanks' rotation when the season begins, Capuano permitted three hits over two innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. Right-handed reliever David Carpenter made his Yankees debut with a scoreless third inning, striking out one.

The Yankees scored their lone run in the eighth as Eddy Rodriguez doubled, advanced on a Francisco Arcia hit and came home on Jake Cave's RBI single.

"You saw some guys get out there for the first time," manager Joe Girardi said. "[Chris] Martin had a really good downhill fastball. [We saw] Carpenter for the first time, which was good to see. That sort of thing. It's a lot of baseball, but it was a good day."

Up next: The Pirates will return to McKechnie Field on Saturday, with right-hander A.J. Burnett slated to make his Spring Training debut against the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET. After finishing 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA for the Phillies last year, Burnett returned to Pittsburgh for the final season of his career. Burnett, who went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA for the Bucs in 2012-13, will take the mound opposite Rays Opening Day starter Alex Cobb. Nick Kingham, Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lincoln and Rob Scahill are also scheduled to pitch for the Pirates.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.