Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, leading off the bottom of the tenth inning, punched a walkoff home run off Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimenetel (2-1), and the Orioles (14-12) completed a doubleheader sweep of the Pirates with a 6-5 victory on Thursday night at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
The Pirates (10-18) lost the first game 5-1, and have now dropped fifteen of their last nineteen games following a 6-3 start to the season.
Pittsburgh recorded 11 hits in the Thursday nightcap, including four by first baseman Gaby Sanchez, but Pirates batters struck out 14 times. Travis Snider whiffed four times, and Pedro Alvarez was fanned three times. Starling Marte drove in two runs, while Sanchez, Neil Walker and Ike Davis all recorded RBI’s.
For the Orioles, Nick Markakis tallied two hits, including a solo homer. Wieters and J.J. Hardy drove in a pair of runs apiece, and Adam Jones had an RBI.
In the opening win for Baltimore, former Pirate Steve Pearce tied a career-high with three hits and drove in two runs. Pearce had been released by the Orioles five days earlier, but was re-signed after first baseman Chris Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Markakis homered, and Ryan Flaherty drove in two runs.
Like the Orioles, Pittsburgh recorded nine hits, but an RBI single by Alvarez in the third inning provided the only run they could manage. Alvarez went 3-for-5, and Marte had two hits. Charlie Morton (0-4) took the loss, while Orioles starter Bud Norris (2-2) was the winning pitcher. Morton rolled through his first four innings, but after a 21-minute rain delay and hampered by some infield defense woes, he allowed three runs in the fifth inning.
The Pirates stranded 13 runners on base in the first game and 15 more in the nightcap.
The Thursday doubleheader was scheduled after single games on Tuesday and Wednesday were rained out. Complete with two rain delays, the action did not end until 12:55 AM Friday morning. Pittsburgh is scheduled to be back at home to take on Toronto on Friday night, while Baltimore must travel to Minnesota.