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Orioles and Rays finish in 6-6 tie

Triple-A right-hander Zach Davies allowed one run into the fourth inning and the Orioles had a four-run third but ultimately tied the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-6, at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Orioles led 6-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Joey Butler hit a three-run homer against Orioles lefty Wesley Wright. Neither team scored in the 10th and the game ended in a tie – the Orioles' first of the Grapefruit League season.

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Davies, a 22-year-old right-hander who pitched at Double-A Bowie last season, was making his second appearance for the Orioles this spring after throwing one perfect inning in relief. On Monday, he allowed five hits and two walks and struck out four.

"I enjoyed it," Davies said. "There was a little bit of nerves at first, kind of what to expect, but made sure that I didn't get too nervous out there and made sure it didn't affect me while I was on the mound."

Davies' only costly mistake was a solo homer to Evan Longoria to lead off the fourth. By then, the Orioles had staked Davies to a 5-0 lead.

In the first, Nolan Reimold scored on an infield single by Delmon Young – one of five infield hits the Orioles had in their first five innings.

In the fourth, the Orioles exploded for four runs against Tampa starter Matt Andriese. Jonathan Schoop had an RBI double and Alejandro De Aza added an RBI triple in the inning. De Aza also had a RBI single and threw a runner out while making a rare start in center field.

Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings. Minor league righty Mychal Givens struck out both batters he faced and Tommy Hunter and Ryan Webb each delivered a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

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