Orioles closer Zach Britton acknowledged afterward that it was not a command performance but that he was happy to get back into a major league game for the first time since last September.
Britton, who was activated off the disabled list Monday after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, walked three batters for the first time in his four-year relief career but didn't allow a run in a 26-pitch seventh inning.
“It was good to get in a game,’’ Britton said. “Obviously, I was overthrowing everything I think I threw today. I was just excited, moving fast, but just hope to settle in the next time I get on the mound and improve every time I get a chance to pitch.”