Bucs' bats hang tough as Hutchison struggles

Bucs' bats hang tough as Hutchison struggles

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini launched a towering home run, leading an early attack against Pirates rotation candidate Drew Hutchison as Baltimore beat Pittsburgh, 8-6, on Friday afternoon at LECOM Park.

With both clubs clad in their St. Patrick's Day green caps, Mancini ripped a solo shot off Hutchison into the left-field seats in the second inning. Paul Janish singled home a run later in the frame and the Orioles rallied for three more runs against Hutchison in the third inning, including an RBI single by top prospect Chance Sisco.

Hutchison, competing for the final spot in Pittsburgh's Opening Day rotation, allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over 3 1/3 innings.

Sisco's RBI single

"I was a little off the whole time," Hutchison said. "I didn't do a good job of attacking like I did the first few outings where I had success. … Just a little off, didn't have a good day."

Hutchison can't gain ground in audition

Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa, who is one of the contenders for the O's starting rotation with Chris Tillman starting the season on the disabled list, allowed two-runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Alen Hanson, who went 3-for-5 with a double, singled and scored on a John Jaso base hit in the first inning. Orioles Minor League right-hander Michael Zouzalik followed Ynoa in the third and balked in a run, which was charged to Ynoa, before he threw a pitch.

"I'm ready for the opportunity. Looking forward to earning the spot and I think I'll be ready for the season," Ynoa said through an interpreter.

Ynoa has sights set on O's 5th rotation spot

Pirates outfielder Danny Ortiz singled home one run in the sixth, Chris Bostick doubled in Hanson and scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, then Erich Weiss went deep to right in the eighth. But the Orioles tacked on two in the eighth off Bucs lefty Tyler Webb on a Sean Coyle double, an Alex Castellanos triple and Joey Rickard's RBI bunt single.

Weiss launches homer to right

Orioles Up Next: Right-hander Dylan Bundy will start for Orioles on MLB.TV against the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday in Tampa. Bundy allowed five runs in two innings against the Twins in his past start. Pedro Alvarez, who signed on Monday, will play and could make his first Grapefruit League start in right field.

Pirates Up Next: Right-hander Tyler Glasnow will start for the Pirates against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET in an MLB.TV broadcast on Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. Glasnow, who struggled in his third and final inning last time out, is competing for a spot in Pittsburgh's rotation. Left-hander Steven Brault, another fifth-starter candidate, is also scheduled to pitch for the Bucs.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.