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Tuesday, April 29th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (10-16) at Baltimore Orioles (12-12), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (0-3, 4.35) Baltimore - Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.38)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The suddenly skidding Pittsburgh Pirates will try to recapture their interleague magic from a season ago when they visit Camden Yards on Tuesday night to begin a two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Pirates led the majors with a 15-5 interleague record in 2013, en route to their first postseason appearance in more than 20 years.

This spring, Pittsburgh has lost eight of 10 after an 8-8 start.

The Pirates' starting pitchers have won just once in their last 14 starts while posting a bloated 4.68 earned run average.

Right-hander Charlie Morton becomes the latest to try and reverse that trend in the series opener.

Morton lost his lone career start against Baltimore in 2011 and is 0-5 with a 4.16 ERA over his last 11 starts.

The latest defeat came Wednesday, when he was touched for four runs in six innings of a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati.

"There were times were I was trying to go inside on left-handed hitters and missing in the right-handed batter's box," he said. "I was literally missing by three feet."

Baltimore replies with right-hander Chris Tillman, who meets the Pirates for the first time.

He's been a much more reliable commodity at Camden Yards than anywhere else this season, boasting a 0.69 ERA on the home turf as compared to a 5.21 mark away from home.

He's won two straight decisions, including a 10-8 verdict at Toronto on Wednesday in which he surrendered seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

On Sunday in St. Louis, Adam Wainwright stretched his shutout streak to 25 innings and Jhonny Peralta hit two homers, leading the Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pirates to complete a three-game series.

Peralta snapped St. Louis' 10-game homerless streak with a solo shot in the fifth inning, then added a three-run blast in the sixth to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead and chase Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez (1-2) from the game

In Baltimore, Omar Infante tied a career high with six RBI to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 9-3 win over the Orioles in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Nelson Cruz belted his seventh homer of the season to account for Baltimore's offense.

Miguel Gonzalez (1-2) took the loss after allowing four runs -- three earned -- over six innings with four strikeouts and a walk.

Baltimore swept Pittsburgh in three games back in 2012 at Camden Yards.

04/29 10:37:28 ET

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TOR 4
NYY 3
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NYM 6
PHI 5
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PIT 2
CIN 3
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BAL 12
MIN 8
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TAM 0
BOS 3
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CWS 6
DET 2
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HOU 3
TEX 2
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STL 9
CHC 6
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ANA 8
OAK 1
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SFG 15
MIL 5
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ARI 6
COL 2
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SDP 1
LOS 7
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SEA 5
WAS 3
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CLE 4
 
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TENN 38
UTST 7
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BAY 45
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