Liz feels good after start against his former team

Liz feels good after start against his former team

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones hit his first home run of the spring and Henry Urrutia's first-pitch homer in the eighth inning was just enough to give Baltimore a 6-4 win over the Pirates on Thursday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

It marked Urrutia's first homer of the Grapefruit League season and gave the O's back-to-back wins. Urrutia is now 8-for-22 with two doubles and a homer.

Jones and Ryan Flaherty each delivered solo shots in the bottom of the fifth off Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero to give the Orioles the lead, 4-2.

But Pirates outfielder Elvis Escobar's triple off Brad Brach in the top of the seventh inning tied the game at 4.

Pirates righty Radhames Liz, who has not appeared in the Majors since he was with Baltimore in 2009, went two innings in his first spring start. Liz allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his fourth Grapefruit League appearance.

"I'm different," Liz said of what has changed in the past six years. "My mental approach is different. Those days, I didn't know what I was doing, [I] was just throwing as hard as I could. Now I'm mentally strong, just trying to make the pitches I need to get the hitter out. It's real exciting to be back. [Pirates manager Clint] Hurdle said they're going to give me innings, maybe use me in long relief. I'm OK with that -- it's still baseball."

Orioles starter Chris Tillman went four innings and held Pittsburgh to one run -- on Elias Diaz's sacrifice fly in the second -- in a solid spring outing.

"I thought it was really good actually," Tillman said of the 65-pitch outing. "Fastball command was really good, changeup got better as the game went. Cutter was really good, curveball got better as the game went, so I think that was good, both out of the windup and the stretch."

Tillman has allowed just one run total over two Grapefruit League starts. He also threw three innings against Puerto Rico in another exhibition game last Saturday.

Up Next: In their only split-squad action of the spring, the Bucs will host the Phillies, which you can listen to exclusively on pirates.com, and travel to Fort Myers to face the Twins on Friday on Gameday Audio, with both games starting at 1:05 p.m ET. Gerrit Cole makes the road start against Minnesota's Kyle Gibson, and Jung Ho Kang's anticipated debut at second base in that game is also of high interest; he has thus far split playing time between short and third. Vance Worley starts against Philadelphia in McKechnie Field.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.