LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After getting a look at their top two pitching prospects on Saturday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex, the Pirates overcame Nick Markakis' first homer of the spring and claimed a 9-6 comeback victory.
Third baseman Kelly Johnson's inability to cleanly field a one-out grounder helped extend the sixth inning long enough for Ryan Weber to surrender three consecutive two-out hits, including Jake Goebbert's two-run double and Pedro Florimon's go-ahead single.
A.J. Pierzynski's two-run first-inning single provided the Braves an early lead and accounted for the only runs surrendered by Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, who surrendered two hits and issued three walks while completing 1 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League season debut. Glasnow surrendered an infield single and issued consecutive two-out walks before Pierzynski delivered his single to center field.
Coming off last year's frustrating stints with the Orioles and Padres, Bud Norris produced two perfect innings in his Braves debut. Norris, who projects to begin the season as Atlanta's No. 2 starter, concluded his outing with three groundouts in the second inning.
"I thought he was good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "His command was good. You can tell who the veteran pitchers are early in Spring Training. You can't complain. It's his first outing. It looks like he's right where he should be."
Up Next for the Braves: Ender Inciarte and Hector Olivera will be in the lineup when Atlanta travels to play the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. The game can be seen on MLB.TV. Top prospects Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies are also scheduled to make the trip with the Braves, who will send rotation candidate Kyle Kendrick to the mound to make his first start.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.