Bats back Boyd's strong outing against O's

Bats back Boyd's strong outing against O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in the Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Gausman, who will likely be named Baltimore's Opening Day starter, struck out eight and walked one as he became the first Orioles starter to complete five innings.

Gausman on his 8 K's, fine start

"I felt good with every pitch," Gausman said. "I think the biggest thing for a starter is getting up and down five times. That was my goal today, get to my pitch count, and get up and sit down five times."

Detroit left-hander Matt Boyd, competing for the No. 5 starter job, allowed one run on six hits in five innings.

Boyd strikes out Rickard

"It's another step toward the season," Boyd said. "Both fastballs, all the offspeed felt good."

Boyd building strong case to be No. 5 starter

Baltimore scored in the second on back-to-back doubles by Chris Davis and Trey Mancini.

Mancini's RBI double

The Tigers scored two runs in the sixth off Richard Bleier and padded their lead in the seventh on a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Matt Murton against Zach Stewart.

Murton's two-run homer

In the ninth, the Tigers' John Hicks hit his first spring homer, a two-run shot, off Jesus Liranzo to make it 7-1.

Hicks' two-run dinger

Tigers Up Next: Jordan Zimmermann, roughed up in his past two outings, will try to shut down the Mets when they visit Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday for a 1:05 p.m. ET start. Matt Harvey is scheduled to start for the Mets. Listen in on Gameday Audio.

Orioles Up Next: Left-hander Wade Miley, who allowed three runs on seven hits in three innings in his last start against the Rays, will pitch against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. on Gameday Audio.

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