- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz pitched three hitless innings, Mike Carp hit a long homer and the Boston Red Sox beat a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad 4-1 on Sunday.

Buchholz faced nine batters and got five outs on grounders. He walked one and struck out one.

Jackie Bradley Jr., trying to win a job in center field, gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the second by grounding a two-run single into right field.

In the third, Carp hit his second home run of the spring onto the boardwalk in right-center.

Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton worked the first three innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits.

Pittsburgh was hitless until the sixth, when Gregory Polanco led off with an infield single.

STARTING TIME

Red Sox: Buchholz breezed through the first two innings on 17 pitches. The only ball hit out of the infield during that stretch was Jaff Decker’s blooper, which was caught by left fielder Alex Hassan.

Pirates: Morton struggled in his third outing this spring. He let six of his 16 batters reach base.

“It was just bad,” Morton said. “I was falling behind hitters. When I was ahead of hitters, everything turned out OK. The problem was I didn’t get ahead of many.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Right-hander Jake Peavy, who has a gash on his non-pitching hand, is expected to start Thursday. Peavy threw a simulated game Saturday. … Outfielder Shane Victorino (lower back tightness) will play Monday or Tuesday. “It won’t be both,” manager John Farrell said. The Red Sox are off Wednesday.

Pirates: Travis Ishikawa played in his first spring game after sitting out with a tight right hamstring. As the designated hitter, he went 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Ishikawa came to camp as a fringe candidate for a backup spot at first base and right field, but likely is ticketed for Triple-A Indianapolis.

ROSTER BATTLES

Red Sox: Bradley is getting pressure from Grady Sizemore for a spot on the opening-day roster. Sizemore did not travel to Bradenton, but is expected to be in the lineup Monday and Tuesday. If Sizemore shows he’s healthy and wins the spot, Bradley would likely begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley went 1 for 4 with two RBIs on Sunday. He is 4 for 21 with five strikeouts this spring.

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