The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 9, 2013

Orioles pin loss on Pirates

Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Kyle McPherson gave up three runs in the third inning, and the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 6-3 victory Friday night at McKechnie Field.

Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs, one earned, over 21⁄3 innings in his second start for Baltimore.

With the score tied at 1, McPherson hit leadoff batter Alexi Casilla in the third and walked Ryan Flaherty. Jason Pridie hit a one-out RBI single, Travis Ishikawa doubled in a run and Trayvon Robinson drove in another with a single.

It was McPherson’s third start of the spring.

Pittsburgh’s 2011 minor league pitcher of the year is fighting for a spot in the rotation.

Starling Marte was 2 for 2 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored for the Pirates.

Baltimore scored three runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

McPherson allowed four runs on six hits over three innings, taking the loss.

Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez each had an RBI for the Pirates.