LAKELAND, Fla. -- Trey Mancini's RBI double highlighted a six-run Orioles third inning off Mike Pelfrey and Dustin Molleken, sending Baltimore and starter Dylan Bundy cruising to a 7-2 win Monday afternoon at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.Pelfrey, starting in place of injured Michael Fulmer, pitched two crisp innings
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Trey Mancini's RBI double highlighted a six-run Orioles third inning off Mike Pelfrey and Dustin Molleken, sending Baltimore and starter Dylan Bundy cruising to a 7-2 win Monday afternoon at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Pelfrey, starting in place of injured Michael Fulmer, pitched two crisp innings before yielding hits to five of the six Orioles he faced in the third. Mancini's double, a line drive ripped into the left-field corner, was the lone extra-base hit of the bunch. Three walks and a single off Molleken brought the inherited runners in as Detroit pitchers continued their week-long struggle with command.
"The way we've pitched has been awful," manager Brad Ausmus said of a staff that has given up seven or more runs in seven of its last nine games. "It's spring and a lot of guys clearly aren't in midseason form, but we've got to pitch better than this. Even in Spring Training, we've got to pitch better than this."
Bundy, by contrast, was dominant, holding the Tigers to two hits over three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He followed up back-to-back 94-mph fastballs by dropping a nasty breaking ball on Nicholas Castellanos for a called third strike to end the third, then struck out Alex Avila and James McCann after J.D. Martinez doubled leading off the second.
Sandy Baez, a starter at Class A West Michigan last year, provided a bright spot for the Tigers in relief with two hitless innings on a walk and three strikeouts.
First baseman Dominic Ficociello crushed a two-run homer off O's right-hander Logan Ondrusek in the ninth to get the Tigers on the board.
Orioles Up Next: The Orioles will host the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team at 1:05 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium in a Gameday Audio broadcast, with Kevin Gausman expected to start for Baltimore. O's third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Welington Castillo are on the Dominican Republic roster.
Tigers Up Next:Justin Verlander takes the mound for his third start of the spring when the Tigers host the Phillies for a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Martinez, Castellanos and Jose Iglesias are among the regulars scheduled to be in the lineup. Listen on Gameday Audio or in Detroit on WXYT-AM 1270.
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