Russell Martin continues tear
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Russell Martin hit his fourth home run of a torrid spring training Monday, but Steve Pearce and Michael Almanzar each hit two-run homers to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Martin singled and hit a two-run drive off Orioles starter Chris Tillman. In six games this spring, Martin is 8 for 15 with nine RBIs. He did not hit a home run in three of his previous four spring trainings with the Pirates, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It's really just (about) hitting the mistakes, staying aggressive, seeing the ball well and trusting myself up there," Martin said. "I'm not taking pitches. I'm aggressive until the pitch tells me not to swing."
Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to six games with a first-inning single. He is 10 for 17 this spring.
Steve Clevenger hit a solo home run off Pirates starter Jay Jackson.
Tillman worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out four and hit a batter.
"Two areas where I would've liked to have been better are first-pitch strikes and two-strike approach," Tillman said. "I left the ball up with two strikes and (allowed) two hits."
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