Despite a late rally that made things interesting in Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Pirates had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night. The Orioles got to Brad Lincoln early and then hammered Chris Resop in a four-run sixth inning to take an 8-2 lead. The Bucs added four late runs, but the big six-run hole was too much to overcome.
Baltimore's Adam Jones, who's been at the heart of the Orioles strong first half, knocked in two off Lincoln. Jones brought home J.J. Hardy and then ripped a solo shot to left. He was also on base when Mark Reynolds took Lincoln deep in the second. Baltimore would never look back. The O's put it out of reach with big sixth inning off Resop. Pittsburgh started the frame with two straight throwing errors, first by Clint Barmes and then on a misfire by Resop. The big inning ended with DH Chris Davis ripping a two-run homer to right center.
Neil Walker had a big night on offense for Clint Hurdle, driving in three runs. He took Kevin Gregg into the left-field bleachers in the ninth that forced Buck Showalter to use Jim Johnson to complete the save. It was an impressive shot by Walker in a game that seemed all but over.
Kevin Correia will take the mound on Wednesday as the Bucs try to start a new streak.