AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) - Steve Pearce homered and drove in a career-high five runs, Matt Wieters had four hits and five RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
The only other time Baltimore had two players with at least five RBIs was on June 13, 1999, when Cal Ripken had six and Will Clark tallied five in a 22-1 rout of Atlanta.
Mark Reynolds went 4 for 5 with a homer for the Orioles, who built a 10-0 lead en route to their fifth straight victory. Much of the damage came against former Oriole Erik Bedard, who yielded seven runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.
The 12 runs and 16 hits were season highs for Baltimore. The Orioles hit eight doubles, their most since amassing nine against the Angels on Aug. 14, 2009.
Baltimore moved 11 games over .500 (37-26) and within a half-game of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles outscored Pittsburgh 27-13 in their fifth series sweep of the year, matching their total of all last season.
Rod Barajas homered for the Pirates, who came to Camden Yards tied for first place riding a four-game winning streak. The only other time Pittsburgh was swept this season was April 10-12 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Orioles starter Tommy Hunter (3-3) retired the first 12 batters he faced but ended up allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings. He was 0-2 in his previous seven starts since April 24.
Bedard (4-7) struggled from the outset in his worst outing since he allowed nine runs against the Yankees on May 28, 2008, as a member of the Seattle Mariners. It was Bedard's second start in Baltimore since being traded to Seattle in February 2008; in those two games the left-hander yielded 10 runs over 6 2-3 innings.
The Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and scored all four runs with two outs. After Wieters hit an RBI single, Reynolds doubled in a run and Pearce capped the barrage with a two-run double.
Doubles by Chris Davis and Wieters made it 5-0 in the third.
In the fourth, Wieters singled in two runs before Pearce launched a three-run shot off Doug Slaten. It was his first homer since May 25, 2011, with Pittsburgh.
Hunter's perfect outing was ruined when Andrew McCutchen singled leading off the fifth. Garrett Jones also singled and with two outs Barajas homered to left.
Pittsburgh closed to 10-5 in the sixth, but Baltimore got a run in the bottom half on successive doubles by Adam Jones and Wieters.
Reynolds hit a solo shot in the eighth off Jared Hughes.
NOTES: Orioles leadoff hitter Brian Roberts scored the game's first run and went 1 for 5 in his third game back from a 13-month layoff with a concussion. .. Pirates RHP Charlie Morton underwent season-ending elbow surgery in Florida on Thursday. He was 2-6 before being placed on the disabled list June 1. ... The Orioles send Brian Matusz to the mound in Atlanta on Friday night. Pittsburgh heads to Cleveland, where James McDonald (5-2) will make his first career start against the Indians. ... Baltimore improved to 7-2 in interleague play after going 7-11 last year.
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