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Rupp, Ruf go deep in Burnett's rocky outing

Right-hander allows six runs in three innings in second Grapefruit League start

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Making his Orioles debut against the Phillies, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez put together two perfect innings and got plenty of run support from his new teammates as Baltimore beat Philadelphia, 15-4, at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Signed last month to a four-year, $50 million deal, Jimenez struck out three batters and needed only 25 pitches to breeze through his prescribed two innings of work.

"I felt good. I was able to relax," Jimenez said, admitting he was nervous before throwing his first pitch. "Don't want to try to do too much, just work on my two-seam fastball and throw strikes."

Meanwhile, Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett gave up six runs in three innings in his second Grapefruit League start. The veteran right-hander, who also drew some interest from Baltimore this offseason, scattered seven hits with a walk and a strikeout and hit two batters.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a two-out single off Burnett in the second inning, then third baseman Ryan Flaherty smacked a two-run homer to center field.

The Orioles put up four more runs in the third as they batted around against Burnett. David Lough was hit by a pitch, stole second then scored on Nick Markakis' single to right. Markakis went on to finish 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles. Matt Wieters grounded into a forceout to score Markakis, and Hardy's two-out single to left brought home Chris Davis. Flaherty drew a walk to load the bases, then Burnett plunked Jemile Weeks to give Baltimore another run.

The Phillies got two runs back in the fourth inning against left-hander Brian Matusz, but the Orioles responded by pounding right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Cameron Rupp hit a solo homer in the seventh for the Phillies, and Darin Ruf also went deep in the top of the eighth.

Up next for the Phillies: Right-hander Roberto Hernandez, signed as a free agent to bolster the rotation, will make his third Grapefruit League start when he faces an Astros split squad at Bright House Field. Hernandez has a 3.60 spring ERA.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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