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Double trouble for Tribe; Pirates, Twins score wins

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Brian Anderson allowed seven earned runs in two-plus innings.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Brian Giles added a solo shot and Josh Fogg pitched four scoreless innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Cleveland Indians split squad 5-2 Sunday.
With the game tied at 2 in the sixth inning, Ramirez's homer off Brian Tallet put the Pirates ahead for good as they snapped a four-game losing streak.
Ramirez has four home runs in his first 27 at-bats this spring. Hobbled by a severely sprained ankle last season, he hit only .234 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs -- down from .300 with 34 homers and 112 RBIs in 2001.
Hot start
"It's been obvious since the first day of spring training that Aramis is on a mission to wipe out what happened last year," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's in great shape and swinging the bat extremely well."
Fogg allowed two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in his third start. He has pitched seven scoreless innings since giving up three home runs in two innings in his first appearance against Boston on March 1.
Rookie Billy Traber, trying to win one of two available spots in the Indians' rotation, held the Pirates hitless until Giles' solo homer in the fourth. He allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts in four innings.
Tallet, also fighting for a starting job, allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of relief.
Trailing 2-0 after Jack Wilson's solo homer in the fifth, Cleveland tied it on Victor Martinez's two-run drive off reliever Nelson Figueroa.
Ariel Prieto pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save with Pittsburgh.
Twins 14, Indians 3
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Rookie Justin Morneau drove in four runs on four hits as Minnesota erupted for 10 runs in the third inning and defeated the Indians in a split-squad game.
The Twins blew the game open when Cleveland starter Brian Anderson (0-1) "hit a wall" after two hitless innings.
Torii Hunter, Todd Sears, Morneau and Jacques Jones all homered off Anderson and reliever Dave Burba in a 10-hit, 10-run third that was fueled by a throwing error by Cleveland second baseman Brandon Phillips.
"I just was gassed," said Anderson, who allowed seven earned runs and seven hits in 21/3 innings. "I knew it after two innings. I told the guys, 'Keep your heads up and stay on your toes because I've wasted everything I've got.'
"I've always been a terrible spring pitcher, except for one year, 1999, but you still have to find a way to work through one like this. I never did."
Morneau, a 21-year-old first baseman, went 4-for-5 and scored three runs. Hunter went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and five others each had two of Minnesota's 20 hits.
Casey Blake, Josh Bard and Jody Gerut had two hits apiece for Cleveland. Gerut, a rookie bidding for an outfield spot, hit his fourth homer and improved his average to .400 (8-for-20).