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Offense continues to struggle in Orioles' 4-2 loss to the Pirates

BRADENTON, FLA. — Designated hitter Travis Snider had three hits and first baseman Steve Pearce homered for the second straight game, but the Orioles still came up short, suffering a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.

The Orioles continue to struggle offensively and lost for the 11th timed in 14 Grapefruit League games.

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Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs on seven hits in his third exhibition start of the spring, but said he was happy with the way he threw his offspeed stuff and feels he's progressing.

"My breaking ball and my changeup were very good today overall,'' Chen said through his interpreter. "It was better than the last outing."

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Chen continues to work on developing a more deceptive changeup and said he thinks Sunday's outing was a step in the right direction despite some inconsistent location.

"I think I have better command of the new straight change even though I sometimes, I still left it up in the zone,'' he said. "Still, I think the command's better than the last outing and even when I miss a location, the hitters are having trouble with the timing on that, so it's getting better."

Mike Wright followed him to the mound and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Steve Johnson threw a scoreless seventh before the Pirates scored the deciding runs off Mark Hendrickson in the eighth.

The Orioles also played a "B" game against the Pirates at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in which Matt Wieters caught under restricted conditions for the second straight time and Kevin Gausman threw three strong innings. The seven-inning game ended in a 2-2 tie.


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