Orioles starter Brad Bergesen was pretty hard of himself after his abbreviated outing tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bergesen allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. He was originally supposed to go four innings, but his pitch count was at 67 so manager Buck Showalter removed him from the game.

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"Geez, I mean, I made good pitches and a couple of bloop hits, there were some jam shots and when I got into trouble, I started flying open and the ball flattened out," Bergesen said. "That's when they were able to hit those ones down the first base line and make some good, clean contact. I think it's a small adjustment. I just have to make it. Just a little more deception. Today was just bad. When I got into trouble, I didn't make pitches. Lesson learned. I know what I need to work on now."

So far this spring, Bergesen has allowed six earned runs, 13 hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.

"For me, it's way too early," he said. "Obviously, I'm a competitor. I never like going out there and having an outing like that, but at the same time, it's early, I'm still working on things. Outings like this are unacceptable, but I'm not getting down on myself or turning into a mental head case by any means. I just know what I need to work on."

Meanwhile, the Orioles have taken this game over, scoring seven runs the past two innings off the Pirates' two best relievers. They scored four in the fifth off closer Joel Hanrahan with Brandon Snyder hitting an RBI double, Craig Tatum hitting for an RBI single and Ryan Adams connecting for a two-run, opposite-field homer.

In the sixth, J.J. Hardy laced a two-run single off Evan Meek and the Orioles scored another run on a Pirates error.

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