BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates chased Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning Sunday night at McKechnie Field, but the Orioles tied the game in the eighth and went ahead in the ninth for a 5-3 win.All of Jimenez's trouble came with two outs. After allowing a walk to
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates chased Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning Sunday night at McKechnie Field, but the Orioles tied the game in the eighth and went ahead in the ninth for a 5-3 win.
All of Jimenez's trouble came with two outs. After allowing a walk to John Jaso and a single to Andrew McCutchen, he got Matt Joyce to ground out and Jason Rogers to pop out. But Josh Harrison hit a triple on a soft fly ball into left field, scoring Jaso and McCutchen. Jake Goebbert followed with a single to right, scoring Harrison.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter summoned right-hander Richard Rodriguez to enter in relief.
"I just didn't have good command of the fastball. I was falling behind in the count, and they made me pay for it," said Jimenez, who finished up his outing in the bullpen and reached 80 pitches. "I think the only two good pitches that I threw, they were able to find a hole. McCutchen [singled] and then the other one [Josh Harrison] hit a blooper. There's not a lot I can do with it. But I didn't have good command of the fastball today."
Jimenez's problems negated the Orioles' strong offensive start. They jumped to an early lead in the first after consecutive solo home runs by Pedro Alvarez to right field and Nolan Reimold to left against right-handed prospect Trevor Williams.
With Reimold batting in the eighth, Xavier Avery scored when a passed ball got by Reese McGuire.
Then in the ninth, Pirates reliever Cory Luebke gave up an RBI double to Garabez Rosa, which scored Joey Rickard, and an RBI single to Josh Hart, scoring Rosa, and allowing the Orioles to take the lead.
Williams started for Pittsburgh because right-handed rotation candidate Juan Nicasio threw six innings during a game against Blue Jays Minor Leaguers on Sunday afternoon at Pirate City.
Williams surrendered two runs and seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings before Tony Watson entered in relief.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left the game in the fourth inning after he hurt his knee sliding into third base following Ed Easley's popout to right field. Mercer overslid the bag and limped slightly after he beat L.J. Hoes' throw. Pedro Florimon replaced Mercer as a pinch-runner.
• Mercer day to day with knee discomfort
Up next for the Pirates: Right-hander Gerrit Cole will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Minnesota at 1:05 p.m. ET Monday at McKechnie Field. Cole has allowed two runs and two hits with one strikeout in two innings in Grapefruit League play. Right-hander Tyler Duffey will start for the Twins. The game is on MLB.TV.
Up next for Orioles:Mike Wright will take the mound for the Orioles, who will play their final home game Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Red Sox on MLB.TV. Boston will honor longtime DH David Ortiz in his final spring home game at JetBlue Park.
Andrew Astleford is a contributor to MLB.com.