SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brian Matusz pitched two ineffective innings in his spring debut, and a split-squad of Baltimore Orioles lost 10-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Matusz yielded three runs and six hits, but allowed just one hard-hit ball — an RBI double by Josh Harrison in the first. He struck out three and walked none.
The 25-year-old left-hander was 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA last season. He lost his last nine decisions, and his ERA was the highest-ever for a pitcher making at least 10 starts.
Matt Hague hit a two-run homer in the second inning and finished with three RBIs for the Pirates, who had 18 hits. Hague, Alex Presley and Starling Marte each had three hits.
Pittsburgh starter Jo-Jo Reyes gave up an unearned run and three hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Source: Associated Press