LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wade Miley showed he's overcome the flu symptoms that plagued him earlier this month and the Orioles produced a ninth-inning run off Eric O'Flaherty to claim a 5-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex. Pedro Alvarez drove
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wade Miley showed he's overcome the flu symptoms that plagued him earlier this month and the Orioles produced a ninth-inning run off Eric O'Flaherty to claim a 5-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex. Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs to lead the way for Baltimore.
A few hours after receiving confirmation he had won a spot in Atlanta's bullpen, O'Flaherty issued a walk and was charged with a balk before Austin Hays' two-out game-winning single bounced off the first-base bag and landed at the edge of the left-field grass. Miley, pitching in a Grapefruit League game for the first time since March 14, went four innings and held Atlanta to one run on five hits. The lone run was tallied via a long third-inning sacrifice fly recorded by Freddie Freeman, who also singled in the first inning.
"I felt good," said Miley, who had an illness push him back this spring. "I felt like I didn't get super tired at all. Got the pitch count back to where I wanted to be at. Everything went well."
Freeman's sacrifice fly accounted for Atlanta's only run until the three-run eighth inning, which was highlighted by Matt Tuiasosopo's two-run double and Dylan Moore's game-tying single off Jimmy Yacabonis. The flurry erased the cushion the Orioles gained in the seventh inning when Cedric Mullins produced a RBI double off David Hernandez, who was making his first appearance since coming to Braves camp this week to compete for a bullpen spot.
Braves starter Jaime Garcia surrendered eight hits and three earned runs over six innings while making what will be his last full start until he makes his regular-season debut against the Mets on April 6. Joey Rickard singled and Craig Gentry doubled before Alvarez gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead with his two-run single in the third inning.
"[Garcia] kept the game right there and made pitches when he needed to," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He probably wasn't as crisp as he'd like, but overall his stuff was good. He extended the game and did what he needed to do."
Orioles: The Orioles will send Opening Day starter Kevin Gausman to the hill for his final spring tuneup against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. The O's are expected to take most of their regulars on the road trip, except Adam Jones and Manny Machado. The game is slated for a 1:05 p.m. ET start.
Braves: The Braves will conclude the Florida portion of their exhibition season when they host the Mets on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Josh Collmenter will start as Julio Teheran will make his final Opening Day tuneup in a Minor League game. Manager Brian Snitker plans to give Dansby Swanson and most of his starters at least a couple at-bats. .
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