By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
5:21 PM EST, March 6, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After rallying from an early four-run deficit, the Orioles dropped a 5-4 decision to the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
Orioles right-hander Oliver Drake allowed a two-out double by shortstop Pedro Ciriaco in the seventh inning to score Nate Spears from third for the winning run.
Trailing 4-0, Orioles nonroster invitee Xavier Avery hit a two-run single to right in the fifth inning.
Wilson Betemit’s two-run double off JetBlue Park’s mock Green Monster in left field tied the game in the sixth.
Dana Eveland started for the Orioles (1-2 in Grapefruit League play), allowing one run on two hits over two innings. Right-hander Chris Tillman yielded three runs – two earned – on four hits over two innings.
“Tilly is capable of better than that first inning,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Tillman’s third inning. “But he came back out there and made some adjustments and got some thing done. At the major league level, we can’t constantly be going through those adjustments. Sometime you can’t work your way back from that.”
Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy made his spring debut, throwing a scoreless fifth inning. The 19-year-old right-hander overcame a one-out, four-pitch walk to Dustin Predroia to retire the side.
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