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Orioles highlights: Birds still seeking first spring win after 4-4 tie with Yankees

Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson throws during the first inning of a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Fort Myers, Fla.

SARASOTA, FLA. — The Orioles didn't lose Thursday, but they didn't end their winless streak either.

The Orioles rallied from a three-run deficit late in the game, but ended up settling for a 4-4 tie at Ed Smith Stadium – the same score by which they tied their Grapefruit League opener in Orlando nine days earlier. They lost nine straight games in between.

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It looked like that streak would reach 10 after the New York Yankees carried a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning, but the Orioles took advantage of two errors to score three unearned runs.

Rule 5 draftee Joey Rickard led off the inning with a single and it looked like nothing would come of it until Paul Janish reached base on a two-out error by Jorge Mateo and Alfredo Marte singled to load the bases.

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That set the stage for Hyun Soo Kim to finally get his first hit of the spring. It wasn't artistic, but he beat out a bouncer to deep short to drive home a run and end his 0-for-23 exhibition hit drought. Steve Tolleson followed with a sharp single to left-center to tie the game.

The inning ended on a long fly ball by Christian Walker that nearly cut all the way through the stiff wind that was blowing in from left field. But the ball was caught by minor league prospect Tyler Austin up against the fence to rob him of a three-run homer that likely would have ended the Orioles' losing streak.

Kim reached base twice in four plate appearances. He also was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.

Starting pitcher Tyler Wilson allowed hits to the first three batters he faced and gave up a pair of runs in the first inning, but settled down after that flurry to retire eight of the next 10 batters.

The Orioles travel to Tampa on Friday to face the Yankees again. Right-hander Mike Wright will take the mound for the Orioles and Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees.

Jones goes deep

Adam Jones got the Orioles offense started with a one-out home run in the first inning for his first extra-base hit of the Grapefruit League exhibition season. Jones came into the game with two singles in his first 12 at-bats.

Beating the shift

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The Yankees employed an exaggerated defensive shift against the Orioles' left-handed hitters in the first inning and almost regretted it.

Chris Davis slapped a bouncer down the third-base line and Matt Wieters dropped a bunt on that side of the infield to put runners at first and second before Yankees catcher Carlos Corporan surprised Davis with a perfect pickoff throw to end the inning.


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