BRADENTON, Fla. — — The Orioles scored three times in the first inning Wednesday night and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, at McKechnie Field to end their six-game Grapefruit League losing streak.
Adam Jones touched off the rally with a two-out triple against Pirates starter Zach Duke, and six straight Orioles reached base. Luke Scott delivered the most productive swing of the night with a two-run single, and Ty Wigginton brought home the other run with a hit to give Brad Bergesen a nice cushion before he took the mound for his first exhibition appearance.
Bergesen, whose entry into the spring rotation was delayed by a December shoulder injury, gave up two runs and three hits over 1 1/3 innings. He wasn't happy with the results, but the Orioles were more concerned with his comfortable presence on the mound than his final line.
"I'm disappointed," he said. "I think it was definitely a positive getting out there and getting going again, but you never like to go an inning and a third when you're supposed to go two innings, and give up the [three] hits I gave up."
Bottom line: He got out there. He threw his 35 pitches. He even looked free and easy running his outfield sprints afterward. Mission accomplished.
No doubt, manager Dave Trembley was hoping that the first-inning bat-around was a sign that the Orioles' offense was ready to take off after a tough week, but the bats went back to sleep for the remainder of the game. Minor league call-up Ryan Adams had the lone Orioles hit over the final eight innings.
It was only the great work of a parade of relievers - Luis Lebron, Jason Berken, Mark Hendrickson, Will Ohman, Kam Mickolio and Matt Albers - that kept the Orioles from extending a discouraging string of early losses.
For a box score of Wednesday's exhibition game, go to baltimoresun.com/mlbscores
Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, who was pounded for six runs in two-thirds of an inning in his Orioles debut against the Detroit Tigers last week, makes his second start of the spring tonight at 7:05 against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. Millwood will be followed by Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson and Alberto Castillo. Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano, Jon Rauch and Matt Guerrier are scheduled to pitch for the Twins.