A total of 18 runs between the two teams crossed the plate and 26 hits went down in the books as Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore 12-6. Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds each went 4-for-5 on the night for the Orioles, and Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each went 2-for-4 for the Pirates.
The Orioles wasted no time in getting on the board when leadoff batter Brian Roberts singled to center in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Davis walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Wieters came up clutch for the O’s with a line drive to Alex Presley in left, moving Davis to second and driving in Roberts to make the score 1-0.
Reynolds followed with a sharp double to right field, advancing Wieters to third and sending Davis home to up the score to 2-0. The Orioles weren’t finished there as Steve Pearce doubled on a fly ball to right, scoring Wieters and Reynolds. Steve Tolleson grounded out to Clint Barmes at short to end the inning and keep the score 4-0.
The Pirates were unable to produce through the second and third before Baltimore struck again. Davis doubled to center and Adam Jones was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the third. Wieters was then awarded a ground-rule double, scoring Davis and moving Jones to third for a five-run lead. A line out, a pop out, and a ground ended the Baltimore’s scoring for the inning.
Baltimore came back yet again in the fourth as J.J. Hardy singled to right with one out and took third as Davis singled to right as well. With two outs, Wieters singled on a grounder to left, driving in both Hardy and Davis, putting the Orioles up 7-0. Reynolds doubled on a fly ball to right, moving Wieters to third. Steve Pearce cleared the bases with a three-run homer to make the score 10-0.
The Pirates finally started to show some life in the fifth as Garrett Jones led off with a pop fly single to third, and Casey McGehee singled to right, moving Jones to second. With two outs and two runners on base, Rod Barajas homered over the left field fence, decreasing Pittsburgh’s run deficit to 10-3.
Pittsburgh continued to produce in the sixth as McCutchen singled with one out to center, and Jones recorded a ground-rule double on a fly ball to deep center. With two down, McGehee grounded out, but brought in McCutchen, upping the score to 10-4. Pedro Alvarez followed with a single to left, and Jones crossed the plate to cut Baltimore’s lead in half with a score of 10-5.
The O’s increased their lead yet again in the bottom of the inning when Jones doubled to right, and Wieters doubled to center to bring in Jones for another run to make it 11-5. Reynolds singled to right and moved Wieters to third, but a quick fly out and a ground out ended the inning.
The seventh frame came and went quietly for both teams. Baltimore added one more tally to the score in the bottom of the eighth. Reynolds continued to impress at the plate with a solo homerun to left, giving the Orioles their final run of the night.
With one last chance for a comeback, the Buccos threatened in the ninth as Tabata doubled to lead-off the inning. Barajas grounded out to Hardy at shortstop, but Barmes singled to Pearce in left, advancing Tabata to third. Alex Presley grounded out to first, driving in Tabata to make it 12-6. Neil Walker flew out to center for the third out of the inning, and the final out of the game.
The Pirates continue their inter-league road trip on Friday, paying a visit to the Cleveland Indians. James McDonald (5-2) gets the starting bid against Justin Masterson (2-6) as the Pirates look to get back on track. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.