Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitched 2 1/3 innings… (AP photo )
SARASOTA, Fla. — Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie exhausted his pitch limit after only two innings during the Orioles' 5-4 exhibition loss to the Boston Red Sox, but he still went out to start the third and seemed quite satisfied with his second start of the spring.
"I couldn't be more pleased,'' said Guthrie, who gave up a run on three hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. "I felt like I kept the ball down. I felt like it had good movement. Two of the biggest things I need to be more consistent with. I did walk guys and fell behind guys, but overall I'm very, very pleased with the way the fastball was coming out of my hand."
The Orioles had to be pleased, too, since Guthrie was pitching before a crowd of 8,088 -- the largest baseball crowd in the history of Ed Smith Stadium.
The O's jumped on top in the first inning when Nick Markakis hammered his second home run of the spring over the right center field fence. It was the 12th homer by the Orioles in their first five exhibition games and the eighth in three games at their new spring home.
The Orioles tacked on two more runs off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz with four straight hits to open the second. But the Red Sox scored three times in the eighth inning to tie the game and won it on Mark Wagner's ninth-inning homer off David Hernandez.
Miguel Abreu, one of the Orioles minor league infielders who has been filling in for Brian Roberts, had two hits and two runs scored in three at-bats and also made two terrific defensive plays at second. He has four hits, including a triple, in 10 Grapefruit League at-bats.