Walker Starts Spring With A Home Run Off Braves

By Associated Press

Baltimore Orioles' Christian Walker (34) is greeted by coaches and players after hitting a home run in the third inning at a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Flaherty and former Gamecock standout Christian Walker homered for the Baltimore Orioles in a 4-4, 10-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves in the exhibition opener for both teams Tuesday.

Flaherty hit the second pitch from Atlanta starter Williams Perez for a single and scored the first run on Walker’s sacrifice fly.

After Flaherty led off the third with a home run against Ryan Kelly, Walker made it 4-0 with a two-run homer.

Freddie Freeman doubled in his first spring at-bat for the Braves and newly acquired shortstop Erick Aybar also hit a double.

Atlanta tied it in the eighth with the help of hits by Rio Ruiz and Ryan Lavarnway and Reid Brignac’s sacrifice fly.

Baltimore starter Mike Wright gave up one hit in two shutout innings.

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