Pirates shut out Twins in spring finale
Lohse allows four runs in final Grapefruit League start
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kyle Lohse struggled through the second inning of a blustery spring finale on Saturday, allowing three hits and four runs to help Pittsburgh pull ahead and close Spring Training with a 4-0 win over the Twins before 7,234 at Hammond Stadium.
The Minnesota right-hander has looked strong this spring, but gave up five hits and four runs while striking out two against Pittsburgh. He allowed a two-run single to center by Antonio Sucre and a Scott Neuberger RBI-single to help the Pirates open a 3-0 lead, and then surrendered Craig Wilson's Grapefruit League-leading eighth homer with his first pitch of the third inning.
Pirates lefty Josh Fogg, meanwhile, held the Twins to just three singles in five innings to earn his first win (1-2) on the last day of the spring. Relievers Jose Mesa, Rick White, Brian Mallette and Salomon Torres combined on the four-hitter, as Pittsburgh closed the exhibition schedule at 14-14.
For the Twins (15-14), reliever Juan Rincon walked two and struck out one in one inning, with J.C. Romero and minor leaguers Adam Harben and Josh Gray also throwing perfect innings in relief for Minnesota.
Dana Oppedisano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.