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For second straight day, Orioles' comeback falls short in 6-5 loss to Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was roughed up for four runs over two innings in his second spring start as the club lost, 6-5, to the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium in front of an announced 7,010.

After seven straight wins, the Orioles (9-4) have dropped back-to-back Grapefruit League games.

Pitching against the same team Jimenez dominated in his first outing -- he retired all six batters he faced in an extremely proficient outing -- the 30-year-old struggled from the start.

The Phillies loaded the bases just four batters into the game. After Jimenez yielded a leadoff single to Ben Revere, he issued walks to Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard.

Despite a high pitch count -- Jimenez threw 50 pitches overall and 36 in the first inning -- he almost escaped, but Domonic Brown crushed a full-count delivery into the right-center field gap to put the Phillies up, 3-0.

The Phillies added a run in the second inning on back-to-back, two-out triples by Revere and Galvis.

With the Orioles trailing, 6-1, Nolan Reimold hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run blast to left field off Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. Reimold was 2-for-3 in the loss.

Burnett, who allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings last Friday, gave up three runs and four hits over four innings Wednesday.

Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off left-hander Cesar Jimenez to cut the lead to one run. The Orioles had the tying run on base after Reimold followed with a walk, but Xavier Paul flew out to right field to end the game.

In his second outing in four days, Zach Britton pitched a perfect third inning, striking out two. Right-hander Steve Johnson recorded two scoreless innings after Darren O’Day pitched a scoreless sixth.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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