BALTIMORE -- Erik Bedard had his worst outing in more than four years, surrendering seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Orioles pounded the Pirates, 12-6, tonight at Camden Yards.
With the loss, the Pirates (32-30) were swept by the Orioles after entering the series on a four-game winning streak. They allowed 27 combined runs to the Orioles after allowing just seven in a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals last weekend.
They allowed at least 13 hits for the third consecutive night, surrendering 16 tonight and 44 combined in the three-game series.
The Pirates were last swept April 10-12 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Former Pirate Steve Pearce had a career high five RBIs, and Matt Wieters also drove in five runs. It was only the second time in franchise history the Orioles had two players with at least five RBIs in a game -- Cal Ripken Jr. had six RBIs and Will Clark had five on June 13, 1999.
The 12 runs were the most scored by the Orioles in a game this season and tied for the most allowed by the Pirates.
The last time Bedard allowed that many runs in a start was when the New York Yankees tagged him for nine in 4 1/3 innings on May 23, 2008, when he was pitching for the Orioles.
Bedard surrendered four runs in the first inning, another in the third and left the game with one out in the fourth and two runners on base.
Those two runners eventually scored as part of a five-run inning that gave the Orioles (37-26) a 10-0 lead.
At that point, the Pirates were yet to get a hit off Baltimore starter Tommy Hunter.
Bedard entered the game with a 3.59 ERA that jumped to 4.36 by the end of the night.
The Pirates offense scored three runs on a home run by Rod Barajas in the fifth and added a couple more in the sixth inning.
Michael Sanserino: email@example.com, 412-263-1722 or on Twitter @msanserino. First Published June 15, 2012 2:15 AM