Mitch Moreland

Zach Britton walks on the wild side in his first appearance of the season

Zach Britton walks on the wild side in his first appearance of the season

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.”

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