Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orioles 7, Pirates 1 Correia Struggles in Loss Streak of Series Wins Ends at 5 as Replacement Starter Arrieta Tames Pirates

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Orioles 7, Pirates 1 Correia Struggles in Loss Streak of Series Wins Ends at 5 as Replacement Starter Arrieta Tames Pirates

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BALTIMORE --

Strong pitching helped the Pirates survive two months of meager offense. The offense couldn't return the favor Wednesday night.

The Pirates went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position, and the pitching staff posted another bad outing in a 7-1 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

It was the pitching staff's second ugly performance in as many nights, putting the brakes on the team's recent surge.

After winning four games in a row and 13 of their previous 15, the Pirates (32-29) have lost two consecutive games, sealing their first series loss in their past six tries.

The Pirates surrendered 13 hits Wednesday after the Orioles (36- 26) pounded 15 in an 8-6 Pirates loss Tuesday night.

"We need to execute better off the mound," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Starter Kevin Correia took the brunt of the punishment, allowing five runs, four earned, and 10 hits in six innings. After allowing a couple early hits, Correia said he tried to overthrow the ball, which added velocity to his offspeed pitches and made him less effective.

"I think I tried to make my stuff better than it was," Correia said.

A hitter can take advantage of a pitcher who does not do a good job of mixing speeds, Hurdle said.

"If you throw four pitches and the speed is 83-to-91 mph, there's not a whole lot you're asking a hitter to cover," he said. "Everything's kind of in the same package.

"He started putting that breaking ball in. He used two different changeups later in the game that became more effective."

Hurdle said Correia eventually settled in for the middle innings, and Correia said he was pleased with the way he threw the ball. He was much more effective beginning late in the third inning.

In fact, he retired 13 of the next 15 batters he faced as the Orioles clung to a 3-0 lead.

The offense, however, could not attack Orioles starter Jake Arrieta.

"We had four different innings where we had chances to score and weren't able to put anything together," Hurdle said. "Then, it could have been a different story."

A late substitution after scheduled starter Brian Matusz bruised his nose after bunting a foul ball in his face a day earlier, Arrieta tied a career high by striking out nine batters in seven innings. …

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