Braves shut out by Orioles, Tigers

Pitcher Beachy has 2nd Tommy John surgery

ASSOCIATED PRESSMarch 21, 2014 

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CARLOS OSORIO/Associated PressDetroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler steals second as the ball pops out of Atlanta Braves shortstop Tyler Greene's glove during the fourth inning of Friday's game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Miguel Gonzalez proved to be an excellent substitute for the Baltimore Orioles, pitching six innings of three-hit ball Friday in an 8-0 victory over an Atlanta Braves split-squad.

Gonzalez, who got the start after Chris Tillman was scratched due to an illness, walked none and struck out five. He came back out for the sixth with his pitch count at 55 and retired the next three batters in 18 pitches.

"I was pretty happy about my performance," Gonzalez said.

"(Matt) Wieters was throwing out curveballs on the first pitch, and I thought that was pretty great. I was changing speeds on them. They have great hitting and it was a pitching duel and it was fun.

"I thought my off-speeds were there today," Gonzalez added.

"I was pretty happy about the results, just getting groundballs and giving my team a chance to win a ballgame."

Chris Davis had a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk, pushing his spring RBI total to a team-leading 11.

Braves starter Gus Schlosser retired 12 in a row after David Lough's double to lead off the first.

Left-hander Luis Avilan replaced Schlosser in the fifth and retired the first two batters before walking Wieters.

Schlosser made his second start of the spring after three straight relief appearances and allowed only one hit over four innings. Schlosser hasn't permitted a run in 5 1-3 relief innings. He won't make the club out of spring training, but he's made a nice impression.

Pitcher Brandon Beachy had his second Tommy John surgery Friday.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache handed the procedure in Los Angeles.

In the Braves' other game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Justin Verlander tuned up for his opening-day start by extending his spring training scoreless streak to 13 2-3 innings and helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Braves' split squad 3-0 Friday.

Coming off core muscle surgery in January, Verlander allowed five hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one, throwing 58 of 84 pitches for strikes. He has one more exhibition outing before the March 31 opener at home against Kansas City.

Julio Teheran, expected to start the Braves' opener at Milwaukee on March 31, gave up two runs and two hits in six innings with four strikeouts, one walk and a wild pitch.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Ian Kinsler walked, Ezequiel Carrera hit an RBI double and advanced on a wild pitch, and Victor Martinez had a run-scoring groundout.

Atlanta loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth on Ramiro Pena's double, Teheran's single and Jason Heyward's walk. But Verlander got B.J. Upton to ground into a forceout.

"You don't want to go through spring training and everything be a breeze," Verlander said. "You want to have to grind and work through an inning."

Verlander would like to extend his distance in his remaining exhibition start.

"I'd like to get at least six or seven innings," he said. "Pitches? I'll be around 90 or so."

Teheran, third in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, is expected to learn Saturday that he will start the opener.

"I feel strong and I'm getting ready," said the right-hander, who threw one more inning in the bullpen after coming out. "I'm excited about maybe starting opening day. I'm waiting to hear."

Evan Gattis is nursing a sore right quadriceps. He hasn't played since Monday.

Orioles 8, Braves 0 Atlanta Baltimore ab r h bi ab r h bi J.Schafer cf 4 0 1 0 Lough cf 4 2 2 0 Pastornicky 2b 2 0 1 0 Reimold ph 1 0 0 0 Kazmar 2b 2 0 0 0 A.Jones dh 4 0 1 0 F.Freeman 1b 3 0 0 0 J.Weeks pr 0 1 0 0 M.Kennelly 1b 1 0 1 0 C.Davis 1b 2 0 0 2 C.Johnson 3b 3 0 1 0 A.Casilla pr 0 1 0 0 E.Landoni 3b 1 0 0 0 N.Cruz lf 4 0 1 1 Uggla dh 3 0 1 0 Urrutia pr-rf 0 1 0 0 D.Mitchell ph-dh 1 0 0 0 Markakis rf 4 0 1 2 Simmons ss 3 0 1 0 Almanzar 0 1 0 0 Lerud c 3 0 0 0 Hardy ss 4 0 2 1 Terdoslavich rf 3 0 0 0 Schoop pr 0 1 0 0 Constanza lf 2 0 0 0 Wieters c 3 0 1 1 C.Joseph pr 0 0 0 0 Flaherty 2b 4 0 0 0 Pearce 1b 0 0 0 0 Gonzalez 3b 2 0 1 0 Berry pr-cf 1 1 0 1 Totals 31 0 6 0 Totals 33 8 9 8 Atlanta (ss) 000 000 000—0 Baltimore 100 000 07x—8 E—Kazmar (1). DP—Atlanta 1. LOB—Atlanta 5, Baltimore 5. 2B—Simmons (3), Lough (1), Hardy (2). CS—Uggla (1). SF—C.Davis. IP H R ER BB SO Atlanta G.Schlosser L,0-2 4 1 1 1 0 3 Avilan 1 0 0 0 1 0 D.Carpenter 1 1 0 0 0 1 Varvaro 1 4 5 5 2 0 R.Harper 1 3 2 2 0 1 Baltimore M.Gonzalez W,1-0 6 3 0 0 0 5 Z.Britton 1 0 0 0 0 0 R.Webb 1 1 0 0 0 1 O’Day 1 2 0 0 1 2 Umpires—Home, John Hirschbeck; First, Bill Welke; Second, Sean Barber; Third, Jon Byrne. T—2:26. A—7,725 (7,500).

Tigers 3, Braves 0 Detroit Atlanta ab r h bi ab r h bi Kinsler 2b 3 1 0 0 Heyward rf 3 0 1 0 E.Suarez ss 0 0 0 0 Hefflinger rf 0 0 0 0 Carrera lf-cf 4 1 1 1 B.Upton cf 4 0 0 0 Mi.Cabrera 1b 2 0 0 0 J.Elander lf 0 0 0 0 J.Robbins pr-1b 1 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 3 0 0 0 V.Martinez dh 3 0 0 1 Schlehuber 1 0 0 0 B.Guez ph-dh 0 0 0 0 E.Mejia 1b 4 0 1 0 Tor.Hunter rf 3 0 0 0 Laird c 3 0 1 0 T.Collins lf 1 0 0 0 I.Thomas p 0 0 0 0 Avila c 3 0 0 0 R.Buchter p 0 0 0 0 Holaday c 0 0 0 0 C.Martin p 0 0 0 0 A.Jackson cf 3 1 1 0 Doumit ph 0 0 0 0 Crowe rf 0 0 0 0 Severino p 0 0 0 0 Lombardozzi 3b 3 0 1 0 Gosselin 2b 4 0 1 0 J.Betancourt 3b 0 0 0 0 Greene ss 4 0 1 0 H.Perez ss-2b 3 0 1 1 R.Pena 3b 3 0 2 0 J.Peraza pr 1 0 0 0 Teheran p 2 0 1 0 K.Wren lf-cf 2 0 0 0 Totals 29 3 4 3 Totals 34 0 8 0 Detroit 000 200 010—3 Atlanta (ss) 000 000 000—0 DP—Detroit 2. LOB—Detroit 2, Atlanta 9. 2B—Carrera (2), A.Jackson (4), Gosselin (2), R.Pena 2 (8). SB—Kinsler (3). CS—Greene (3). IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Verlander W,1-0 5 5 0 0 1 4 Coke 1 1 0 0 0 0 Ortega 12/3 2 0 0 1 1 E.Reed S,1-3 11/3 0 0 0 0 1 Atlanta Teheran L,0-1 6 2 2 2 1 4 I.Thomas 1 0 0 0 1 0 R.Buchter 2/3 2 1 1 0 2 C.Martin 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 Severino 1 0 0 0 1 1 WP—Teheran. Umpires—Home, Paul Nauert; First, Joe West; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Angel Campos. T—3:01. A—8,786 (9,500).

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