LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — After the their bats opened their Grapefruit League opener hot, the Orioles blew an early four-run lead in their Grapefruit League opener Tuesday afternoon in a 4-4 tie in 10 innings against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista.
The Orioles went up 4-0 after Christian Walker's two-run homer in the third inning off Braves pitcher Danny Burawa.
Orioles starter Mike Wright retired six of the seven batters he faced over his two innings. Tyler Wilson stranded two runners in scoring position, striking out Braves slugger Freddie Freeman to complete a scoreless third inning.
The Braves cut the lead to 4-2 on run-scoring hits by Hector Olivera in the sixth inning and Daniel Castro in the seventh. They then added two runs in the eighth off left-hander Chris Jones.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty was 2-for-2 with a solo homer in the third.
Around the horn
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who threw his second bullpen session Tuesday, will likely make his first Grapefruit League start next Wednesday or Thursday, manager Buck Showalter said. ... Right-hander Parker Bridwell retired all three batters he faced in a perfect fifth inning Tuesday. ... Right-hander Vance Worley will start Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. J.A. Happ will start for the Blue Jays.