BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -Kevin Hart, vying for a spot in Pittsburgh's starting rotation, battled through one rocky inning and Ryan Church hit a two-run homer Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.
Hart was scheduled to pitch two innings, but left the game after tossing 38 pitches in the top of the first inning. The right-hander gave up two runs on one hit and four walks.
``I didn't really command the ball, didn't make the adjustments,' Hart said. ``I got my pitch count up and was out of there.'
Hart's control was erratic. Many of his pitches to left-handed sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley sailed high and several inches outside the strike zone.
``Those guys put together some good at_bats, considering I wasn't locating stuff,' Hart said. ``They made me work and throw a lot of pitches. It's good to face a lineup like that right away.'
Dewayne Wise led off the game with a triple to center and scored on a wild pitch. Hart then walked the bases loaded, but the Phillies got just one run out of it when Raul Ibanez grounded into a double play.
Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning. Jeff Clement had a run-scoring double and Church hit a two-run homer, his first of the spring.
Blanton wasn't surprised the Pirates made a lot of contact. He's working on pitch placement, starting the ball over the plate and working outward.
``If I'm trying to hit corners right out of the gate, I'm way over here and over there and I have a lot more adjustments to make,' Blanton said. ``I want results in the season. I'd rather have a good ERA in the season than a good ERA in spring training.'
Notes: Phillies reliever J.C. Romero, recovering from elbow surgery, threw a bullpen session Saturday. ... Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino (shoulder) did not make the trip, and has yet to play in a spring training game. ... Pirates infielder Ramon Vazquez, who had offseason knee surgery, played in his first game this spring. Vazquez started at second base and made a great diving stop of Raul Ibanez's hard grounder in the first inning. ... Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen's mother, Petrina, sang the national anthem before the game.
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