SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles' spring losing streak grew to six games Tuesday with an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that featured poor fielding and very little offense from the home team.
The Orioles made five errors, including two by third base prospect Josh Bell, and managed only eight hits before an announced 5,290 at Ed Smith Stadium. Catcher Chad Moeller hit a solo homer in the third, Matt Angle had an RBI single in the fifth and Lou Montanez had a run-scoring double in the eighth.
After that, the Orioles (1-6) accomplished very little else on the positive side, unless you consider a decent outing by young starter Chris Tillman. The right-hander allowed one earned run (two overall), four hits and a walk while striking out one over 2 1/3 innings. He was removed with one out in the third and his pitch count at 49.
"I definitely came out with a positive outcome of this game," Tillman said after his second Grapefruit League start. "I wanted to locate my fastball and felt I missed a few, but threw a lot of good ones, too. For the most part, I thought I did pretty well. I wanted to get three innings in, but I threw a lot of pitches early on. I had that dragged-out first inning that went a little longer than planned. There's nothing you can do about that."
New Orioles first baseman Garrett Atkins went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and hit into a double play. In his first start in left field, Nolan Reimold went 0-for-2. Right fielder Nick Markakis went 1-for-2 with a fourth-inning single.
Orioles pitching prospect Jake Arrieta allowed three runs, but only one earned, to go along with two hits and a walk in one inning. Bell did him no favors as he committed a throwing error on what should have been the second out of the inning.
Rays starter Jeff Niemann allowed one run in four innings.