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
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 the wind helped me out a little bit there, probably, but I put a good swing on it and knew it was going to be in the gap at least," Gosselin said.
Taillon, Pittsburgh's No. 2 starter, allowed one run on two hits while striking out two over four innings. Reliever Antonio Bastardo picked up after Taillon, striking out three over two hitless innings.
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs on two hits and five walks while striking out five over 4 ⅔ innings. Stewart was charged for three runs on three hits and a walk.
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"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..
Pirates Up Next: The Pirates will face the Red Sox at 6:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Right-hander Ivan Nova will start for Pittsburgh against Boston's Chris Sale. Relievers Edgar Santana, A.J. Schugel, Dan Runzler and Dovydas Neverauskas will also pitch for the Bucs. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.
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