SARASOTA, Fla. – First baseman Chris Davis launched a two-run, opposite-field home run off right-hander Junichi Tazawa in the sixth inning Wednesday night, propelling the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the second half of a split-squad doubleheader.
The win improves the Orioles to 5-0 in the Grapefruit League.
The Orioles had defeated the New York Yankees, 10-7, in an afternoon game Wednesday in Tampa.
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It was the first home run of the spring for Davis, who led the Orioles with 33 homers and 85 RBIs, and it brought the Orioles from behind. They have come from behind in three of the five spring victories.
Reserve catcher Taylor Teagarden made sure Davis’ big swing stood up, delivering a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh off Red Sox reliever Drake Britton.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman pitched 1 2/3 innings in a Grapefruit League debut that had been delayed a day when Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was washed out in Bradenton. He threw 43 pitches – 22 of them for strikes – and gave up no runs on a hit and two walks.
Matt Wieters went 2-for-2 with an RBI.