McCutchen homers as Pirates, Red Sox squad play to 4-4 tie

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco doubled twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 4-4, nine-inning tie Wednesday with a Boston Red Sox split squad.

McCutchen has hit six homers, including five in his past nine games. He has reached base safely in nine of his past 11 games.

Red Sox starter David Price went four innings and gave up a run on four hits, walked one and struck out three. The left-hander will next pitch on Monday in the season opener against the Cleveland Indians.

Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart hit back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning. Chris Young had an RBI triple in the fifth.

Pirates left-hander Jon Niese worked four innings, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five.

Jason Rogers, who's trying to win a bench job with the Pirates, had a run-scoring single and walked four times.