O's offense, Jimenez lead way in win over Pirates

O's offense, Jimenez lead way in win over Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Steve Pearce ignited a five-run fourth inning with his fifth homer of the spring on Tuesday and the Orioles went on to defeat Pittsburgh, 9-2, in Grapefruit League play.

Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen played four innings in his return to the lineup after a 12-day layoff with "lower-body soreness." McCutchen went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and smoothly fielded several balls hit his way.

Ubaldo Jimenez started the game for the Orioles with an 8.74 ERA for his first four spring starts. But he shut out the Pirates through five innings on four hits, striking out three without issuing a walk. His ERA now sits a 6.06.

"I feel really good. I've been able to do what I'm supposed to do in the last two games, and that's command the fastball," Jimenez said. "I'm ahead in the count, and I stay ahead. That's what I did today."

After being blanked through three innings by Pirates starter Radhames Liz, the Orioles jumped reliever Jared Hughes for the five runs and six hits in the fourth, beginning with Pearce's homer. Chris Davis, Everth Cabrera and Ryan Flaherty delivered RBI singles to build the rally.

Young and Flaherty each had three hits for the Orioles, who also got a two-run single from Paul Janish in the sixth.

Up next: Baltimore will head home to Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday, when the Orioles will host the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. ET which you can watch live on MLB.TV. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to make the start opposite Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Chen made his last appearance in a Minor League game, allowing two hits and a run over five-plus innings.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.