Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Pearce had three hits and knocked in two runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a doubleheader at Camden Yards.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh were scheduled to play Tuesday and Wednesday, but consecutive rainouts necessitated this twinbill on what had been an off day for both clubs.
Ryan Flaherty contributed a two-run single and Nick Markakis added a solo home run for the Orioles. Bud Norris (2-2) got the start and picked up the win after allowing a run on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter was happy with the performance of his pitching staff after the layoff.
"To pitch that well after that much time off was a real testament to the work they put in during the rainouts," he said.
Pedro Alvarez collected three hits and drove in the lone Pittsburgh run. Charlie Morton (0-4) gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
The Pirates, who had won nine straight road games against AL opponents, put plenty of men on base, but were bereft of clutch hitting. They finished 1- for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13.
Pittsburgh's lone hit in such situations came in the third. A two-out bouncer up the middle by Alvarez that plated Jose Tabata, who led off the inning with a triple.
The first five batters reached base in the fifth as Baltimore went up 3-1.
Delmon Young singled, Steve Clevenger walked and J.J. Hardy reached on a throwing error after dropping down a sacrifice bunt. Pearce and Flaherty then hit back-to-back singles to left field.
Baltimore took advantage of another error to extend its lead in the sixth. Clevenger was aboard after a fielding miscue and Hardy and Pearce followed with consecutive hits to make it 4-1.
Markakis clubbed his first homer of the season in the seventh, a blast to right-center field.
The Pirates had two on in the ninth, but Tommy Hunter struck Gaby Sanchez out looking to end the game and pick up his seventh save.
There was a 21-minute rain delay after the fourth inning was completed ... Pittsburgh played an opponent outside the NL Central for the first time this season ... The Orioles won their first home game when the opponent scores the first run ... Baltimore announced that the postponed April 15 against Tampa Bay will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, June 27. The rescheduled contest will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and the regularly scheduled game remains at 7:05 p.m.