SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies scored four runs in two innings off Ubaldo Jimenez and beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Wednesday for their third win in 15 spring training games.
A.J. Burnett took a three-hitter into the fifth inning for Philadelphia but was pulled after giving up a leadoff walk and two-run homer to Nolan Reimold. The 37-year-old Burnett was 0-2 with a 12.60 ERA in his first two starts.
Burnett had a 3-0 lead before throwing his first pitch. Domonic Brown hit a two-out, three-run triple in the first, and Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis hit successive triples in the second to make it 4-0.
Jimenez was making his second appearance with Baltimore since signing a $50 million, four-year contract last month. In his first outing, the right-hander struck out three in two perfect innings against Philadelphia.
In this one, Jimenez allowed four hits and walked three with no strikeouts.
Burnett also experienced a reversal of fortune. In his previous start, against the Orioles, the right-hander yielded six runs and seven hits in three innings.
Philadelphia (3-10-2) hit four triples in its second win since Feb. 28.
PHILLIES: Burnett's line wasn't overwhelmingly impressive, but he did lower his ERA to 10.00.
He allowed three runs, four hits and a walk and two strikeouts in three-plus innings
"I'm getting there. My timing is still a little off," Burnett said. "I did strike out a guy with my curveball today; I was going to throw a party."
For Burnett, improvement in increments is the goal.
"You don't want to hit guys, you don't want to give up doubles and you don't want to give up homers," he said. "But the more times that happens, you learn from it. It's getting better, getting a little bit better. Some guys take a little longer."
He acknowledged tiring in the fifth.
"A little bit. I'm not going to lie," Burnett said. "But the next time out I'm going to be stronger."
ORIOLES: Jimenez was scrambling from the moment Revere opened the game with a single to left.
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