Bergesen not bothered by shaky start as Orioles tie Red Sox, 4-4

Jake Fox hits his third home run and Vladimir Guerrero provides key RBIs

March 05, 2011|By Peter Schmuck | Baltimore Sun reporter

SARASOTA, Fla. — Brad Bergesen knew he didn't wow anybody on Saturday, but he wasn't going to let a so-so performance in his second Grapefruit League start ruin his weekend.

He needed 21 pitches to get through the first inning and gave up three runs after getting the first two outs of the second, but he settled down in the third and the Orioles got him off the hook before settling for a 4-4 tie with the Boston Red Sox before the biggest baseball crowd (8,229) in the history of Ed Smith Stadium.

"Obviously, to have two outs and two strikes and give up a three-spot isn't what you want to do,'' he said. "I'm where I want to be. It's tough to convince anybody of that after an outing like that, but we're here to get our work in."

He was the first Orioles pitcher to make his second start of the spring, so it's a little early to look at results.

"It's about us getting out there and trying to make pitches and making adjustments,'' Bergesen said, "and then going out next time and working more inside."

Bergesen remained the pitcher of record until the fifth inning, when the Orioles loaded the bases with no one out and scored two runs to tie the game. Vladimir Guerrero brought home both runs with a two-out single into the gap in left center field.

The bullpen kept the Red Sox off the scoreboard for five innings before second baseman Oscar Tejeda singled home the tie-breaking run off Pedro Viola in the top of the ninth. The Orioles answered with a run in the bottom of the ninth on Jake Fox's third homer of the spring.

Fox leads the Orioles in homers this spring, but the biggest offensive performance of the game came from first base prospect Joe Mahoney, who reached base safely in all four plate appearances and had three hits, an RBI and a stolen base.

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