Orioles still searching for a spring training win

FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Orioles rallied late on Sunday afternoon, but stranded the tying run at third base to end the game in a 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox to remain winless in Grapefruit League play.

Seven games into the spring schedule, the Orioles are 0-6-1, even though all but two of those games were played on the road with mostly reserves.

With the game tied at four in the sixth inning and two runners in scoring position, Orioles shortstop Ozzie Martinez and second baseman Garabez Rosa collided as they both chased a slow Travis Shaw grounder up the middle.

Martinez crumbled to the ground after taking an inadvertent shoulder or elbow to his head on the collision as Shaw's infield hit scored the go-ahead run. Martinez was on the ground in pain for several moments but left the game under his own power.

"They're checking [him out]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Martinez. "He showed some concussion symptoms, [but we're] not there yet. We'll wait and see. He took a pretty good lick there. … You've got two guys converging on the ball. Unfortunate, but he seems to be [OK]… He's got his faculties and knows what's going on and everything, so he got lucky, or we got lucky."

Orioles right-hander Mike Wright allowed two runs on four hits, three of those hits doubles to left field off the faux Green Monster wall in left field. Two of those doubles drove in runs.

Wright couldn't duplicate his first spring outing — when he tossed two scoreless innings against the Braves on Tuesday — but said he felt like his location was better than his first outing.

"The three doubles they hit, I thought they were pretty good pitches," Wright said. "I located really well, but they got me a few times. It sucks as far as results, giving up two runs in two innings, but as far as how I felt and my location, I was pretty happy with it."

Down to their last out trailing 8-5 in the top of the ninth, Rosa hit a two-run bloop single into shallow right field that brought the Orioles within one. But they stranded the tying run at third base when popped to third in foul territory.

Bundy shines: In his second spring training appearance, pitching prospect Dylan Bundy tossed a perfect seventh inning, striking out two. Bundy struck out Henry Ramos swinging and retired Danny Mars looking. Since allowing a home run on the first pitch of his first spring outing, Bundy has retired six straight.

"You can see it," Showalter said. "Dylan's had two or three outings now where he feels as good if not better the next time out, so that's real encouraging for him and for us. I'm happy for Dylan. It's good to see."

Kim still hitless: Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim was hitless in three at bats on Sunday, and the South Korean is now 0-for-16 in five spring training games. Kim struck out twice and popped up to the catcher just in front of home plate. Kim stranded six runners on base.

On-base machine: Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty walked in his first three at bats on Sunday and has now reached safely in 10 of his 15 plate appearances this spring for a .667 on-base percentage. Flaherty is 6-for-11 at the plate this spring and has scored four runs, tied for most on the team.

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