CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Orioles are beginning to get the starting pitching they were hoping for this spring. And they paired it with enough late-game offense Sunday to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, their third and final victory over the National League champions this spring.
Kevin Millwood, who hadn't pitched in a regular Grapefruit League game since allowing five runs on March 11, recorded big outs when he needed to, limiting the Phillies' lineup to one run on five hits and three walks in five innings.
"It felt good," Millwood said. "Like every other time, it feels like everything's getting a little bit better. It's starting to come together. It feels like I'm right on track where I want to be."
For much of the game, two veteran pitchers battled to a 1-1 tie.
Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer allowed one run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Reimold. Otherwise, he kept the Orioles' offense in check, scattering five hits and no walks while fanning six in five innings.
Millwood had a similar line, striking out six and yielding the lone run on a Paul Hoover homer in the second inning. Millwood allowed baserunners in every inning, but wiggled out of several tight spots including a bases-loaded jam in the third.
The Orioles scored three runs in eighth against Phillies reliever Mike Zagurski to secure the win. Lou Montanez, Matt Wieters and Brandon Snyder each had RBI singles. Felix Pie hit a solo homer in the ninth against Phillies' minor leaguer Brian Gordon.
Orioles reliever Josh Perrault allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, including a two-run homer byÃÂ Greg Dobbs.
The game's start was delayed one hour and 58 minutes due to rain. The Orioles have improved to 8-11 this spring.