BRADENTON, Fla. — Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Cody Asche each homered Saturday but the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rollins and Howard went deep in the first inning against right-hander Stolmy Pimentel. Asche broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a long homer to right field.
Pimentel, who will begin the season as the Pirates' long reliever and spot starter, worked five innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He had three strikeouts.
Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched 5 1-3 innings against his former team and allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked six and struck out two.
Travis Snider, the front-runner to be the Pirates' everyday right fielder, went 2 for 4 with one RBI.
Travis Ishikawa, a non-roster player competing to be the backup first baseman, hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to tie it at 3.