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

Published February 24, 2013

| 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.

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