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    Pirates 9, Astros 7(10)

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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - In four seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Jed Lowrie never got more than 309 at-bats in a year. He has a good chance to double that in his first season with the Houston Astros, who acquired the 27-year-old shortstop in December.

    "All you can ask for as a player is an opportunity to play," Lowrie said Sunday after hitting his second spring training home run as an Astros' split squad lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 in 10 innings. "I've always prepared to be an everyday shortstop, and hopefully I'll get that opportunity and make the most of it."

    He is hitting .333 after 12 games, mostly from the No. 2 spot in the Houston batting order.

    Astros manager Brad Mills said he likes a left-handed hitter in that second spot.

    "Wherever Millsy thinks makes us the best team, that's where I'll hit," Lowrie said. "It's not going to change my approach, but I'm comfortable in the two hole. I think in Boston I hit everywhere but third."

    But he didn't hit every day, and everything indicates he will do that in Houston.

    "It's one of these Catch-22s," he said. "You have to be swinging the bat well to get those at-bats, but you want to get those at bats to swing well. That's why you have to work hard in the offseason and come into spring ready for when you get those at bats."

    He drove a Brad Lincoln pitch over the right-field wall in the first inning, then hit a ball almost as hard in his second at-bat. That one was caught.

    "I've gotten into a good routine and changed a couple mechanical things, and it's seemed to really help," Lowrie said.

    Chris Snyder's third home run gave the Astros a 3-0 early lead, but the Pirates came back with a 20-hit offense. Nine of the hits came off starter J.A. Happ, who gave up three runs in five innings.

    Yamaico Navarro had four hits and Nate McLouth had three for the Pirates, who won it in the 10th inning on singles by Matt Hague, Kelson Brown, Daniel Grovatt and Jarek Cunningham off Enerio Del Rosario.

    Prospect Jarred Cosart, appearing in his first exhibition game for the Astros, worked 3 1-3 innings, striking out the first three hitters he faced but giving up four runs.

    NOTES: Navarro, Hague and Josh Harrison are making strong bids for backup roster spots with the Pirates. "In fairness to all three, we're going to let `em keep playing and keep evaluating," manager Clint Hurdle said. ... GM Neal Huntington said the Pirates will be patient with RHP A.J. Burnett, who threw for the first time Saturday after surgery on his right orbital bone. "The reality is he's a starting pitcher and he's got to go from zero pitches to 100 pitches to be ready help us win at the major league level, and that takes time. You can't short-circuit that process or you risk further injury and that's the last thing we want to do," Huntington said. ... Astros CF Jordan Schafer, who has missed a week of games with a left hand injury, is to make the trip to Viera for Monday's game against Washington. ... The Astros did not use a DH Sunday because Mills wanted Happ to get a couple of at-bats.

     
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    Pittsburgh Pirates
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alex Presley, LF2000101 .333
       a- Nick Evans, PH-LF3000020 .077
    Josh Harrison, 3B3010003 .500
        Matt Hague, 1B3110000 .417
    Clint Barmes, SS6121012 .333
        Gift Ngoepe, SS0000000 .000
    Casey McGehee, 1B-3B3220201 .286
        Evan Chambers, PR0100000 .000
        Kelson Brown, 3B11110001.000
    Rod Barajas, C4121011 .300
        Dan Grovatt, PR-RF11111001.000
        Wesley Freeman, RF0000000 .000
    Yamaico Navarro, 2B4041000 .364
        Jarek Cunningham, PR-2B2011000 .667
    Nate McLouth, CF6030016 .382
    Jake Fox, DH2000005 .292
       b- Garrett Jones, PH-DH3012022 .275
    Eric Fryer, RF-C4111014 .286
        Michael McKenry, C0000000 .200
    Totals47920948  
    a-struck out for Presley in the 6th
    b-struck out for Fox in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Casey McGehee (4, Cosart)
    3B - Yamaico Navarro (1, Happ)
    SF - Eric Fryer (1)
    RBI - Clint Barmes (4), Kelson Brown (1), Rod Barajas (4), Dan Grovatt (1), Yamaico Navarro (8), Jarek Cunningham (1), Garrett Jones 2 (12), Eric Fryer (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (1), Kelson Brown (1), Dan Grovatt (1), Yamaico Navarro (4), Garrett Jones 2 (7)
    SB - Casey McGehee (1, 2nd base off Happ/Snyder), Evan Chambers (1, 3rd base off Cosart/Corporan), Kelson Brown (1, 2nd base off Del Rosario/Corporan)
    Team LOB - 13
    Fielding
    DP - Harrison-Navarro-McGehee
    PB - Eric Fryer (1)
    E - Josh Harrison (3, Throwing)
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brad Lincoln 4433112 10.50
    Evan Meek 2000010 5.19
    Chris Leroux (BS,1) 1233220 12.79
    Jared Hughes 1311010 4.50
    Jose Diaz (W,1-0) 1000310 0.00
    Michael Dubee (S,1) 1100000 6.75
    IBB - Bogusevic by Jose Diaz
    HBP - Lowrie (by Evan Meek)
    Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 30-22, Evan Meek 8-7, Chris Leroux 17-9, Jared Hughes 8-8, Jose Diaz 18-6, Michael Dubee 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 4-8, Evan Meek 1-3, Jared Hughes 1-1, Jose Diaz 2-0, Michael Dubee 2-1
    Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 18, Evan Meek 6, Chris Leroux 7, Jared Hughes 6, Jose Diaz 6, Michael Dubee 4
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    J.B. Shuck, CF4013001 .263
        Brandon Barnes, CF2010002 .250
    Jed Lowrie, SS3111001 .333
        Angel Sanchez, SS1000101 .375
    J.D. Martinez, LF3000001 .297
       a- Jack Cust, PH0000100 .040
    Carlos Lee, 1B3000011 .333
       b- James Van Ostrand, PH-1B2000012 .000
    Brian Bogusevic, RF3120200 .171
    Chris Snyder, C3112002 .320
        Carlos Corporan, C2100014 .100
    Brett Wallace, 3B3010000 .314
        Joe Thurston, PR-3B2110003 .217
    Jose Altuve, 2B2110100 .290
        Ben Orloff, 2B2011000 .500
        Collin Delome, LF2100112 .250
    Totals40710766  
    a-walked for Abad in the 9th
    b-struck out for Lee in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Brandon Barnes (1, Dubee), Joe Thurston (3, Hughes)
    3B - J.B. Shuck (2, Leroux)
    HR - Jed Lowrie (2, Lincoln), Chris Snyder (3, Lincoln)
    RBI - J.B. Shuck 3 (5), Jed Lowrie (5), Chris Snyder 2 (5), Ben Orloff (1)
    SB - Angel Sanchez (1, 3rd base off J. Diaz/Fryer)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
    DP - Martinez-Lee, Wallace-Altuve-Lee
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    J.A. Happ 5933310 6.59
    Jarred Cosart 3.1744150 10.80
    Fernando Abad 0.2000010 2.84
    Enerio Del Rosario (L,1-1) 1422010 6.14
    WP - Enerio Del Rosario (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 36-24, Jarred Cosart 31-27, Fernando Abad 4-4, Enerio Del Rosario 9-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 6-6, Jarred Cosart 3-2, Fernando Abad 1-0
    Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 25, Jarred Cosart 18, Fernando Abad 2, Enerio Del Rosario 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3689
    Game Time - 3:36
    Temperature - 75
    Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - UMP Nonindividual, Second Base - Shaun Francis, Third Base - Joe West