Orioles outslug Pirates 7-6

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Russell Martin hit his fourth home run of a torrid spring training Monday, but Steve Pearce and Michael Almanzar each hit two-run homers to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Martin singled and hit a two-run drive off Orioles starter Chris Tillman. In six games this spring, Martin is 8 for 15 with nine RBIs. He did not hit a home run in three of his previous four spring trainings with the Pirates, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s really just (about) hitting the mistakes, staying aggressive, seeing the ball well and trusting myself up there,” Martin said. “I’m not taking pitches. I’m aggressive until the pitch tells me not to swing.”

Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to six games with a first-inning single. He is 10 for 17 this spring.

Steve Clevenger hit a solo home run off Pirates starter Jay Jackson.

Tillman worked 3 1-3 innings and allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out four and hit a batter.

“Two areas where I would’ve liked to have been better are first-pitch strikes and two-strike approach,” Tillman said. “I left the ball up with two strikes and (allowed) two hits.”

STARTING TIME

Orioles: Tillman made his longest outing of the spring. He also allowed nearly twice as many runs (five) as he had in his first two starts combined (three). “As long as I feel I executed the pitch well, physically felt well, that’s all that really matters,” Tillman said. “I feel great, and I think that’s all that matters right now.”

Pirates: Jackson, a right-hander, started in place of lefty Jeff Locke, who’s nursing a sore oblique. Jackson worked two innings and allowed one run on two hits and a walk. A non-roster invitee, Jackson likely will begin the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. “As long as they keep giving me the ball, I’m getting a chance,” Jackson said. “As long as I get a chance, I’m going to take advantage of it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Right-hander Phil Irwin threw batting practice for the first time Monday. Irwin, who will start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, missed about a week due to a sore elbow.

Orioles: Xavier Paul left the game after being hit by a pitch on the right hand. His injury did not appear to be serious, but Paul was slated to have X-rays just in case. … Infielder Alexi Casilla tested his sore right hamstring by running Monday morning in camp, but was not cleared to play against the Pirates. There’s a chance he could play Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. … Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will start against the Red Sox. It will be his game since being hit on left leg by a line drive Friday.

MAKING CUTS

Pirates: Top pitcher prospect Jameson Taillon was among six players sent back to minor league camp. Taillon, the second overall draft pick in 2010, will begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.

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