PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Orioles sent several of their top young pitching prospects to the mound Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays and came away with a 4-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.
It wasn't the prettiest display of pitching prowess, but Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson, Pedro Beato and Eddie Gamboa kept the Orioles in the game against a very representative Rays lineup in spite of some difficult innings.
Arrieta had a rocky first, giving up three hits, including a two-run homer by Evan Longoria, but settled down to prevent any further scoring through the fourth inning. Johnson loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth but held the Rays to one run over his two innings of work. Beato also pitched with several runners on base but threw two scoreless innings. Gamboa got the save with a scoreless -- but eventful -- ninth.