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Orioles beat Pirates 6-5 for doubleheader sweep

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 12:39 am •  Published: May 2, 2014
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BALTIMORE (AP) — A two-game series that was scheduled to end Wednesday stretched into early Friday morning before Matt Wieters finally put an end to the rain-marred interleague matchup between the Pirates and Orioles.

Wieters led off the 10th inning with a home run off Stolmy Pimentel to give Baltimore a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader sweep Thursday night.

In the opener, Steve Pearce had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the Orioles, who got a home run from Nick Markakis in a 5-1 win.

The single-admission doubleheader followed consecutive rainouts Tuesday and Wednesday. The rain lingered long enough to delay the fifth inning of the opener by 21 minutes, and the start of the nightcap was stalled 46 minutes by rain.

The second game lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes. By the time it ended, the clock had ticked well past midnight.

"It's not a late night, it's an early morning," said Orioles reliever Darren O'Day, who pitched in both games.

As O'Day spoke, the team had 30 minutes to get ready for a trip to Minnesota for a three-game series that was to begin Friday night.

"It will be a happy flight," O'Day said, "so that will make it a little easier."

The second game marked the season debut of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who had left knee surgery in October. After sitting out the opener, Machado received a warm ovation from the crowd of 28,290 before the second game and went 0 for 5.

Baltimore trailed 4-0 in the nightcap before rallying with a four-run sixth. Adam Jones doubled in a run and scored on a single by Wieters before Pearce chased starter Brandon Cumpton with a double to right. Bryan Morris entered and yielded a two-run double to J.J. Hardy.

Starling Marte countered with an RBI single in the seventh for Pittsburgh, but Markakis tied it in the bottom half with a solo shot off Morris.

Wieters won it in the 10th with a drive to right off Pimentel (2-1) that soared just inside the foul pole.

Tommy Hunter (1-0) got two outs for the win.

Earlier, Baltimore ace Chris Tillman struggled through a 49-pitch first inning that could be attributed in part to a seven-day layoff. The right-hander issued three walks, two with the bases loaded, before getting three outs.

Pittsburgh ended Tillman's outing in the fifth when Andrew McCutchen doubled and scored on a triple by Gaby Sanchez for a 3-0 lead.

Pedro Alvarez had four hits for the Pirates, finishing a home run short of the cycle. But Pittsburgh stranded 15 and went 5 for 16 with runners in scoring position and lost for the 15th time in 19 games.

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