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Pedro Alvarerz, Travis Ishikawa hit long homers, Pirates beat Twins 8-4

  • Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, right, is greeted by Jaff Decker after the two scored on Alvarez' two-run homer in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, right, is greeted by Jaff Decker after the two scored on Alvarez' two-run homer in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is greeted in the dugout after his two-run homer in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is greeted in the dugout after his two-run homer in the third inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider (23) is forced at second as Minnesota Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett (11) trows to first on a double play off the bat of Pedro Alvarez in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Travis Snider (23) is forced at second as Minnesota Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett (11) trows to first on a double play off the bat of Pedro Alvarez in the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Pedro Alvarez and Travis Ishikawa hit long home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

Alvarez and Ishikawa, both left-handed hitters, took advantage of a stiff wind blowing out to right field at Hammond Stadium. Alvarez, the Pirates' third baseman, connected off former Pittsburgh teammate Kevin Correia.

It was the second home run of the spring for Alvarez, who tied Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the National League lead last season with 36.

Ishikawa's homer came off Twins right-hander Vance Worley in the sixth. The two-run shot landed halfway up the batter's eye in center field.