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Clint Barmes hits 2-run homer, James McDonald steady as Pirates beat Braves 9-2

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    Pittsburgh Pirates' Clint Barmes, right, celebrates with Gaby Sanchez, left, after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin, right, steals second base ahead of the tag by Atlanta Braves shortstop Ramiro Pena during the first inning of a baseball spring training exhibition game, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran throws during the first inning of a baseball spring training exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez (24) slides before being tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Blake DeWitt, top, while trying to steal second base during the fourth inning of a baseball spring training game, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

Clint Barmes went 2 for 2 with a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Sunday.

Non-roster invitee Brad Hawpe added a two-run single for the Pirates. James McDonald, trying to bounce back from a dreadful second half of the 2012 season, pitched two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh.

Jason Heyward hit a solo home run for the Braves. Julio Teheran struck out two in two innings but Atlanta fell to 0-3 in Grapefruit League play after the Pirates had their way with the Braves' relievers.

Barmes is trying to bounce back from a miserable season at the plate in which he hit just .229 and struggled at the bottom of Pittsburgh's lineup. He singled in his first at-bat and then lined a shot into the left-field stands off Jonny Venters.