Chirinos comes through as Rays top Pirates

Chirinos comes through as Rays top Pirates

Chirinos comes through as Rays top Pirates
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay catcher Robinson Chirinos drove in four runs -- three coming on a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the seventh -- as the Rays topped the Pirates, 9-5, on Saturday at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Pirates opened the scoring with two in the second against Rays bullpen hopeful Adam Russell. Ronny Cedeno hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to drive home one and Jose Tabata singled home another.

Charlie Morton and Brad Lincoln -- who are vying for the fifth spot in the Pittsburgh rotation -- pitched first for the Pirates.

Morton started and held the Rays to no runs on one hit and one walk in two innings of work; he was supported by two double-plays.

Lincoln pitched out of a jam in the third. After allowing two-out singles to Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac, the right-hander struck out John Jaso swinging before picking off Rodriguez from second base to end the inning.

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Evan Longoria homered off Lincoln with one out in the fourth to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 2-1. For the day, Lincoln allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout.

David Price started for the Rays, and the 2010 runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award pitched one inning, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out one while throwing 17 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.

Matt Bush had a nice showing in the third for the Rays when the right-hander struck out Andrew McCutchen on a nice breaking pitch and retired Pedro Alvarez on a pop out before striking out Matt Diaz to finish the inning.

Rodriguez hit solo homer in the fifth of Chris Resop to tie the game at 2.

Up next: The Rays will travel to McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. James Shields will start for the Rays, and the veteran right-hander is looking forward to kicking off his 2011 campaign in a positive manner after experiencing a disappointing 2010 season. Also expected to pitch for the Rays are right-handers Brian Baker, Jonah Bayliss, Chris Bootcheck, Richard De Los Santos and Brandon Gomes, along with left-hander Alex Torres.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.