Pirates Batter Floyd; Halt Phils Offense

The Phillies offense has been hot lately, but the Pirates shut down the Phillies bats and put on an offensive display of their own. Gavin Floyd came over from the minor league camp to start for the Phils and was hit hard by the Pirates. The loss dropped the Phillies to 9-11 this spring.

Brian Meadows and three relievers were able to do what others have failed to do of late; shut down the Phillies offense. Meadows' outing helped the Pirates to an 8-2 win in a Grapefruit League contest.

Gavin Floyd started for the Phillies and allowed five runs and six hits in just 1.1 innings of work and took the loss. Floyd, who had been reassigned to minor league camp, was making a spot start with the major league club.

Meadows recorded the win, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with a walk and strikeout. Rob Mackowiak went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases for the Pirates. Jason Kendall delivered a two-run single in a four-run second inning for Pittsburgh.

Bobby Abreu hit a solo homerun for the Phillies in the sixth.

The Phillies and Pirates will start the regular season April 5th in Pittsburgh.

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