Morton allows five runs in loss to Twins
Pirates manage just one hit in 10-0 defeat
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano tossed five no-hit innings and was backed by a five-run second inning in Minnesota's 10-0 victory over the Pirates on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Liriano was sharp, striking out six and walking just one to mark his best outing of the spring. Jake Fox was the only Pirates baserunner against Liriano, reaching first on a two-out walk in the second inning.
Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton didn't fare as well, surrendering five runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings.
"What normally works for me, when I get groundballs and weak contact, I get outs," Morton said. "But today I don't feel like I was giving up a whole lot of hard-hit balls and I gave up five runs in three innings. I was mad out there, but I came back in here and I was thinking about it. I don't know what I could've done different other than work ahead, but that's not going to avoid contact."
After failing to score despite loading the bases in the first inning, the Twins loaded the bases again in the second after Trevor Plouffe, Aaron Bates and Joe Benson singled. Alexi Casilla then picked up an RBI with an infield single before Jamey Carroll added a two-run double down the right-field line.
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each brought home a run with an RBI groundout. Mauer went 0-for-3 with an RBI while Morneau went 0-for-2 with an RBI after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
The Twins scored five more runs in the seventh, as Brian Dozier hit his first homer of the spring with a solo shot off right-hander Chris Leroux to lead off the inning. Ray Chang laced a two-run double before Plouffe and Benson added RBI singles.
The Pirates didn't get their first hit until the eighth, when Brandon Boggs singled to right field off Luis Perdomo with one out. Boggs, though, was thrown out by Brian Dinkelman while trying to advance to second.
Up next for Pirates: The Pirates get to relax and enjoy their last day off of the spring on Monday before returning to action on Tuesday night. They'll travel north to Tampa to take on the Yankees for a 7:05 p.m. start at Legends Field. Erik Bedard is expected to start for the Pirates against new Yankee Michael Pineda.