SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates put together a three-run fifth inning and two four-run frames on their way to topping the Baltimore Orioles, 11-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
Pirates right-hander James McDonald allowed a pair of solo homers to J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds -- the first homer for both this spring -- and Hardy also delivered a second-inning RBI single to tie the game at 4. McDonald allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks over three innings.
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta, coming off a solid spring debut, struggled in the second inning, allowing the first four batters to reach base safely. Clint Barnes' two-run double gave Pittsburgh the lead, and Alex Presley drove in another pair of runners before being thrown out at second. Arrieta went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits to go along with four strikeouts.
"I was real happy with a lot today, especially the way I was able to throw out of the windup," Arrieta said. "Everything in the windup was incredible. It's just a matter of finding that rhythm and that tempo from the stretch. And once I find that, things will really get rolling."
Zach Phillips came on to replace Arrieta and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, getting former Oriole Jake Fox to hit into a double play. Jim Johnson made his Grapefruit League debut for the Orioles in the fifth inning, and Presley greeted him with a single. Andrew McCutchen drove Presley in with a single to tie the game at 5, and the Bucs tacked on another pair of runs off Johnson before he exited.
Pirates right-hander Tim Wood, who went to the same high school as Hardy, tossed a scoreless inning in relief of McDonald.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, in the lineup at designated hitter, struck out in his first spring at-bat in the first inning and grounded out to first base in the second. He reached base on a fifth-inning walk.
Up next: While non-roster lefty Jo-Jo Reyes is set pitch in Fort Myers, Fla., against Minnesota at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, the day's more consequential start by a southpaw will be by Erik Bedard, who is due to work four innings in a Triple-A game at Pirate City. Manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage probably just preferred for Bedard to get some different looks; his previous outing was against the Twins, whom he blanked for three innings on one hit on Saturday.
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