Orioles 8, Pirates 6

June 12, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) is out at second base as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes (12) is able to complete the double play in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Brad Lincoln labored through 4.1 innings as the Pirates dropped the first of three games to the Orioles, 8-6.

The Pirates scored a two-out run in the first on an Andrew McCutchen single, a stolen base, a walk, and an RBI single by Matt Hague.

In the bottom of the second, though, Lincoln gave up a leadoff double to Adam Jones. Lincoln almost got out of it, but with two outs, he hung a breaking pitch to Mark Reynolds, who bashed it to left to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. The Orioles got another run, on an RBI single by Jones, in a long third inning. Jones (there he is again) then hit a solo homer with one out in the fifth, at which point Clint Hurdle replaced Lincoln with Juan Cruz.

In the sixth, Casey McGehee hit an opposite-field solo homer to cut the lead to 4-2. But the Orioles piled up four more runs in the bottom of the inning, as a Clint Barmes throwing error helped lead to a long inning, capped by Chris Davis' two-run shot. The Pirates got two in the seventh and and two more on a Neil Walker homer in the ninth, but it never felt all that close.

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