PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Niemann and Kevin Correia each breezed through three innings in their second spring training starts Sunday, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Sunday.
Niemann was perfect for the Rays, throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. He is contending for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.
Correia gave up two hit and walked one for Pittsburgh. The 31-year-old right-hander struck out one.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria made a throwing error in his spring debut. He walked and had a sacrifice fly.
Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the spring and Jake Fox added a solo shot in the ninth for the Pirates.
Chris Giminez hit a game-winning single for the Rays.
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