Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Game 1: Orioles 5, Pirates 1 Game 2: Orioles 6, Pirates 5 Rain, Lack of Timely Hits Produce Sweep

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Game 1: Orioles 5, Pirates 1 Game 2: Orioles 6, Pirates 5 Rain, Lack of Timely Hits Produce Sweep

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BALTIMORE -- The rain stopped, the clouds parted and Charlie Morton took the mound for a well-rested Pirates team to start Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Then it poured again.

Morton was not the same pitcher after a 21-minute rain delay, and the Baltimore Orioles quickly got to him, loading the bases in the fifth inning and batting around the order on their way to a 5-1 win.

Hours later, Matt Wieters hit a walk-off home run in the 10th off Stolmy Pimentel well after midnight to give the Orioles a 6-5 win as the skidding Pirates were swept.

The club stranded 15 runners in Game 2 after stranding 13 in Game 1 to fall to 10-18 on the season.

In the first game, they had a man in scoring position in all but two innings and managed their lone run on a two-out RBI single after a leadoff triple by Jose Tabata.

"[Charlie] really was challenged to get the ball down with any consistency after that [delay]," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He waited like a normal inning. He played catch to get extended and keep warm."

Morton gave up a single to Delmon Young to open the fifth and walked Steve Clevenger before J.J. Hardy reached on a throwing error by Pedro Alvarez to load the bases with no outs.

Steve Pearce hit an RBI single. Then Ryan Flaherty -- a college teammate and friend of Alvarez -- snuck a two-run single past Alvarez to make it 3-1 on a pitch Morton said had to be near his ankles.

"I don't know," Morton said. "I didn't execute and [opposing starter] Bud [Norris] went through the same rain delay. I don't really know. I just didn't execute. I kept grooving fastballs to Pearce. He kept putting a good swing on it. That groundball by Flaherty to left field, the pitch was like a foot and a half off the plate at his ankles."

Morton finally got out of the inning, giving up two earned runs, three total.

He finished his outing going 51/3 innings, giving up seven hits and four runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out four.

Pearce drove in a fourth run in the sixth and Nick Markakis homered off reliever Jeanmar Gomez in the seventh.

In Game 2, Brandon Cumpton strengthened his case to stay in the rotation, throwing 52/3 scoreless innings before the Orioles plated four with two outs in the sixth. …

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