Davies makes successful spring debut against Rays

No. 4 prospect goes 3 1/3 innings, allows one run

Davies makes successful spring debut against Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Joey Butler smacked a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off Orioles reliever Wesley Wright to tie the game at 6-6, capping the Rays' comeback from an early 5-0 deficit Monday afternoon.

The Orioles opened the scoring in the first inning when Delmon Young's one-out single drove home Nolan Reimold. They got busy again in the third when Jonathan Schoop doubled home a run, Ryan Flaherty grounded out to drive in another, and Schoop scored when Rays left-fielder John Jaso dropped a fly ball. Alejandro De Aza tripled with two outs to drive home the Orioles' fourth run of the inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Zach Davies, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect, made his first Grapefruit League start and posted three scoreless innings before Evan Longoria led off the fourth with his third home run of the spring, a blast to right field. The Rays added two more baserunners with one out when Mychal Givens came in to replace Davies. The right-hander then struck out Logan Forsythe and Curt Casali to end the threat.

"There were a little bit of nerves at first," Davies said of his start. "But I made sure it didn't affect me while I was on the mound. Not too many surprises, [I'm] just happy I got an opportunity to come out here and throw."

Matt Andriese, hoping to earn the No. 4 spot in the Rays' rotation with Monday's start, allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four in three innings worked.

"I try not to worry about [the competition for No. 4 spot]," Andriese said. "I would love to go out there and go six with no runs. It's baseball. You learn from it and move on to the next one."

De Aza added an RBI single in the fifth to push the Orioles' lead to 6-1 before Longoria and James Loney answered with a sacrifice fly and a single, respectively, in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 6-3.

Up next: Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who could potentially open the regular season in the rotation, in the bullpen, or even in Triple-A, will start Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., against a Rays split squad. First pitch is 1:05 p.m. ET Gausman, who has made three Grapefruit League appearances, one start, is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He's also pitched in a "B" game and a Minor League game. He's competing with Ubaldo Jimenez for the final spot in the rotation.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.