Pirates 6, Blue Jays 4

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Starter: Wandy Rodriguez 42⁄3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.

Hitter: Starling Marte went 5 for 6 with four singles, four RBIs and a home run.

Of note: Andrew McCutchen made a diving catch in center on a flyball in the fifth and came up firing to get an inning-ending double play at second.

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Wandy Rodriguez was a happy man Tuesday.

Rodriguez pitched 42⁄3 innings in the wild, 29-hit win against the Toronto Blue Jays in 20 mph winds. It was his longest outing this spring.

He also launched a 3-2 fastball over the right-field fence in his first Grapefruit League at-bat. It was a two-run homer, and Rodriguez pumped his fist as he rounded first.

“Eh, it’s a 3-2 count, I knew a fastball was coming,” said Rodriguez, with a smile. “I had good contact with the ball. The wind helped me, too. I don’t have that kind of power, the wind helped me.”

Those winds gusted to 28 mph, according to weather.com., and mostly blew out to right and right center. They did not help Toronto starter J.A. Happ who gave up 12 hits and 7 earned runs in the first three innings.

Rodriguez said the weather conditions forced him to throw his fastball inside repeatedly to avoid getting hammered.

“I feel really good today. I got my curveball and changeup working. I used it a lot in the last two innings,” said Rodriguez.

For manager Clint Hurdle, the entire outing signified another positive sign he has his veteran back.

“For me, the effort off the mound, there’s focus, there’s intent,” said Hurdle. “There’s some things to polish up. He got his breaking ball in play, he threw some changeups. He was actually amped up today. We’re getting close. He’s feeling good.”

Injury update

Francisco Liriano (groin) will pitch in a simulated game Wednesday in Bradenton. … General manager Neal Huntington had no update on Jameson Taillon (elbow).


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