Capuano fans four in two innings against Pirates

Lefty allows two runs in first spring start; A-Rod, Beltran each draw a walk

Capuano fans four in two innings against Pirates

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. New York defeated the Phillies, 4-1, in a split-squad game played in Clearwater, Fla., earlier in the day.

"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 Yankees are on the road Saturday, visiting the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Right-hander Scott Baker draws the start for New York, with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on tap for Houston. The Yankees' starting infield of Mark Teixeira, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley are all scheduled to make the trip.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for 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.