BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jameson Taillon pitched four strong innings and Phil Gosselin hit an opposite-field grand slam in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at LECOM Park.
Batting with the bases loaded against reliever Zach Stewart, Gosselin ripped his first Grapefruit League homer to right-center field. Gosselin, competing for a spot on Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster, also started in left field for the first time this spring.
"I think I was throwing too many breaking balls when I was behind in the count, something you want to work on in order to get your breaking balls ready for the season," Jimenez said."
Baltimore scored in the first inning on Chris Dickerson's single to right field and Chris Davis' RBI groundout that Taillon deflected.
Pittsburgh evened things up in the third when Adam Frazier walked and scored on Jose Osuna's sacrifice fly. David Freese's RBI double to left put the Bucs ahead in the fifth inning, and Gosselin's grand slam extended their lead.
The Orioles made it close in the seventh inning, putting up four runs against Pirates reliever Jared Hughes.
Orioles Up Next: The Orioles host the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota at 6:05 p.m ET. Left-hander Chris Lee, who is one of the contenders to substitute for Chris Tillman in the Orioles' rotation, gets his first Grapefruit League start..