Orioles 5, Pirates 1
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[May 02, 2014]
Nick Markakis swatted a solo homer
and Ryan Flaherty added a two-run single as the Orioles improved to 6-1
at home against Pittsburgh in interleague play. Bud Norris (2-2) labored
through 5 1/3 innings to win his second straight start, throwing 105
pitches and allowing one run on seven hits while walking one batter and
hitting two more before five relievers combined to close it out.
Pedro Alvarez had three hits and an RBI single and Andrew
McCutchen and Starling Marte each added two hits for the slumping
Pirates, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Charlie Morton
(0-4) remained winless, giving up four runs — two earned — on seven
hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Morton sailed through four scoreless innings but ran into trouble in
the fifth following a 21-minute rain delay, when Baltimore loaded
the bases with no outs on a lead single by Delmon Young, a walk and
Alvarez's throwing error on a bunt. Pearce, designated for
assignment last week and re-signed on Tuesday after Chris Davis was
hurt, singled home the tying run in his first at-bat since April 13
and Flaherty followed with a two-run single.
The Orioles added to the lead in the sixth when Steve Clevenger
reached on an error by second baseman Neil Walker before J.J. Hardy
and Pearce followed with singles to make it 4-1 — the latter hit
chasing Morton — and Markakis clubbed his first homer off reliever
Jeanmar Gomez in the seventh. Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the
third on Jose Tabata's leadoff triple and Alvarez's two-out single.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Orioles 3B Manny Machado was activated off the 15-day
disabled list Thursday and will make his season debut in Game 2. The
team also optioned INF infielder Steve Lombardozzi to Triple-A
Norfolk. ... Alvarez, who was mired in a 2-for-19 slump, recorded
only his second RBI in the past 11 games. ... Pearce had his first
three-hit game since June 9, 2013, for Baltimore, which opens a
six-game road trip Friday at Minnesota while Pittsburgh continues
interleague play with a three-game set against visiting Toronto
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