Marte hits home run in first career at-bat


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HOUSTON -- Pirates leadoff batter Starling Marte hit a home run in his first career at-bat tonight at Minute Maid Park.

A highly touted outfield prospect in the minor leagues, Marte swung at the first pitch he saw -- an 86-mph cutter from Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel -- and drove it over the wall in left-centerfield to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

He became the first Pirate since Don Leppert on June 18, 1961, to hit a home run in his first career at-bat.

Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. homepage - breaking - pirates

First Published July 27, 2012 12:30 AM


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