Sox drop split-squad game to Orioles

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Bud Norris pitched three shutout innings in his second start of the spring, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Saturday in the first of two split squad games between the teams.

Norris, the leading contender to be the Orioles' No. 5 starter, allowed two hits and struck out four. In his first start on Monday, Norris allowed one hit in two shutout innings.

Rookie left-handed starter Henry Owens gave up three runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings for Boston.

Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in a four-run sixth for the Orioles.

Will Middlebrooks' fourth inning homer off Tommy Hunter gave the Red Sox their first run.


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