Cole Pitches 4 Strong Innings In Pirates’ 2-1 Loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Top prospect Gerrit Cole allowed one run and five hits in four innings Saturday in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Cole, the top pick in the 2011 amateur draft, struck out four and walked none. He has a 3.60 ERA this spring training in three appearances over 10 innings.

Twins starter Cole De Vries, trying to earn a spot in Minnesota’s rotation, gave up one run and three hits in four innings.

Gaby Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Josh Willingham’s RBI grounder tied the score in the bottom half. Brandon Boggs, a non-roster invitee to Twins camp, hit a go-ahead single off Kris Johnson with two outs in the eighth.

Twins centerfield prospect Aaron Hicks led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Willingham’s grounder. Hicks is batting .333 (15 for 45).

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