SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Orioles roughed up right-hander A.J. Burnett – one of the team’s top offseason free-agent targets – for six runs on seven hits over three innings on their way to a 15-4 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ryan Flaherty blasted a two-run homer to straight-away center field in the second inning off Burnett and Nick Markakis was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Four other Orioles starters had multiple hits, including Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy, who drove in two runs each.
The win didn’t come without a cost. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left the game in the fifth inning, three batters into his outing, when he fell to the ground after being hit by a comebacker on his left leg.
Gonzalez was diagnosed with a bruised lower left leg, according to the club.
After falling to the ground, Gonzalez quickly got back to his feet. Manager Buck Showalter and head trainer Richie Bancells rushed out to the mound, Gonzalez walked off the field under his own power without throwing any warm-up pitches and walked back to the clubhouse with Bancells.
The Orioles (5-2) sent 10 batters to the plate against Burnett in a four-run third inning that included four singles, two hit batters and a walk.
Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa relieved Gonzalez with runners at the corners with one out and stranded both. Gamboa tossed 1 2/3 scoreless inning in relief and struck out both Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu looking.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun