LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Pirates roughed up David Price in his final Spring Training tuneup before Opening Day, following a four-run fourth inning with a three-run sixth on their way to a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Like his previous start, Price maneuvered through the opposing batting order unscathed his first time, allowing only one ball out of the infield while striking out three. Once Jordy Mercer broke up the perfect outing with a leadoff single to left in the fourth, the Pirates broke out their second trip through the order.
Four of Pittsburgh's first six batters churned out base hits the second time through the order. Three of them either went to the wall or cleared it, including Francisco Cervelli's two-run homer just over the fence in straightaway center. Andrew McCutchen hit a ground-rule RBI double to the deepest part of the park in right-center.
Price recovered briefly, retiring five in a row from the end of the fourth inning into the sixth. McCutchen's one-out single through the middle, however, started the damage again. Cervelli and Sean Rodriguez, a longtime teammate of Price, hit back-to-back RBI singles, the latter for two runs.
Price allowed seven runs on eight hits over six innings, walking none and striking out five. Bruce Rondon hit 100 mph on the Joker Marchant Stadium radar gun on his way to striking out the side in order on sliders.
Pirates starter Vance Worley lasted just three innings, allowing a run on a one-out triple from Yoenis Cespedes and sacrifice fly by Nick Castellanos. He gave up a run on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
"I felt good. It's a tough lineup. I didn't want to leave anything over the plate," Worley said. "I've been hit pretty hard by them in the past. I wasn't trying to leave anything over the white. I wanted to make some good pitches to make them swing."
Tigers first baseman James Robbins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off left-hander Tom Harlan to bring the score to 7-3.
Up next: The Tigers will pitch a parade of relievers over the next two games, starting with left-hander Kyle Ryan in Kissimmee, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Tom Gorzelanny is also scheduled to pitch a few innings in his first Major League spring game since March 18. Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos and Anthony Gose are among the regulars scheduled to make the trip. MLB Gameday Audio will have the radio broadcast online, while AM 1270 will have it over the air in Detroit.
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