SARASOTA, Fla. – Tigers outfielder Tony Plagman drove in three runs, including a two-run triple in the ninth inning off Orioles reliever Jim Johnson to hand the Orioles a 6-4 loss Friday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, a favorite to win the team’s No. 5 rotation spot, allowed three first-inning runs but yielded just one hit over the next four innings.
"(I was) able to go out and come back after a tough first and still be able to go deep in the game and keep my team in it," Matusz said.
After falling behind 3-0, the Orioles tied the game in the fourth on a RBI single by Endy Chavez, who had two hits in his first game back since missing eight games with a groin injury.
The Orioles took a 4-3 lead in the seventh on Jai Miller's two-out double in the sixth. Miller, still fighting for a roster spot, broke an 0-for-18 slump with the hit.
In the third inning, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones hit his team-high fourth home run of the spring. Jones leads the club with 12 RBIs this spring.
Plagman, a 24-year-old who has yet to play above Class A, hit a solo homer off reliever Luis Ayala to tie the score at four in the seventh.
Orioles left-hander Zach Phillips threw a scoreless inning in relief, his first back-to-back appearance, while Pat Neshek ran his spring scoreless-inning streak to nine.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun