BRADENTON, Fla., -- An offensive outburst in the third inning and steady offense down the stretch was enough for the Baltimore Orioles to rip past the Pirates, 13-3, in a Grapefruit League game today at McKechnie Field.
The Orioles scored six runs in the third off Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf, whose spring ERA jumped to 10.24 after yielding the runs --- all of them earned.
Pirates pitchers gave up 20 hits.
Ohlendorf pitched three innings today and gave up eight hits and a home run to Jake Fox in the outing where he was schedule to go four or five innings, but was finished after getting nine outs.
The loss was the fifth in six games for the Pirates.
"I feel like I kept the ball down," Ohlendorf said. "The results really weren't that indicative of that. I would have preferred to have thrown more [innings] but I think I should be OK.
"I would like the results to be good, but I am much more concerned with how I am throwing. ... I feel like I made good pitches for the most part."
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead into the Orioles' big third inning, doing so when catcher Jason Jaramillo had an RBI single in the second. That hit made Jaramillo 9 for 16 this spring as he fights for a spot on the roster as a backup catcher.
In the top of the third, though, the lead was erased ---- and then some.
Ohlendorf gave up seven hits in the inning, including the Fox home run and a two-run double to Matt Wieters.
In the fifth, the Pirates narrowed it to 6-3, getting RBI singles from Andrew McCutchen and Matt Diaz.
The Orioles got three runs back in the seventh, when Fox hit his second home run, a two-run shot off of Scott Olsen, who wasn't sharp. Olsen worked 1 1/3 innings, gave up the home run, three earned runs, three hits and walked three.
Pirates reliever Joe Biemel worked the eighth, giving up three earned runs.
The Pirates will travel to Clearwater, Fla. tomorrow to play the Philadelphia Phillies, as 12 more games remain in the exhibition season.
Colin Dunlap: firstname.lastname@example.org