Marte hits home run in first career at-bat
Starling Marte drives a ball to left center field for a home run in the first inning against the Houston Astros.
Pirates call up Starling Marte from Class AAA Indianapolis
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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.
First Published July 26, 2012 8:25 pm