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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Zach Britton is doing his best to stand out in Baltimore's crowded competition for the last spot in its rotation.

    Britton threw four scoreless innings to help the Orioles beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 left-hander hasn't allowed a run in nine innings over three appearances this spring.

    "I wasn't nervous again," he said. "That's been two games where I haven't really felt nervous. More just excited to be out there and get deep into games. I was trying to build up to four, five, six innings in the next couple of outings. If I get a couple more outings, then I'll have to get deeper into the game."

    Britton won the Jim Palmer Award for the organization's top minor league pitcher last season, splitting time between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Orioles management has stated in the past it would rather wait until later in the year for Britton's major league debut, but he hasn't looked out of place so far this spring.

    "Talking to people, they said I should just go out there and make the decision tough," Britton said. "Whether they have their mind made up or not, it doesn't affect the way I go out and pitch. I think I'm getting opportunities to start games and go deep into games, which is nice. Just try to work on things, but have good outings - just give them things to think about."

    Brandon Snyder hit a ground-rule double in Baltimore's three-run second inning against J.A. Happ, then added his first spring homer in the eighth.

    Happ allowed three runs and five hits over four innings in his third spring start. The Orioles scored all of their runs in the second after a two-out walk to catcher Craig Tatum.

    "Anytime you give up walks, it's going to be tough," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "We've talked about getting his consistency there and when he's on, he's able to get out of situations like that."

    Chris Tillman, also vying for the fifth spot in the Baltimore rotation, gave up three runs, one earned, and four hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two in his 56-pitch outing.

    "We've talked about friendly competition for two years now," Tillman said. "I think it's helped me, and I think it's helped Britt, too - if it already hasn't. I think the friendship part is a good part of it."

    NOTES: The game was delayed about 15 minutes in the seventh inning after an elderly woman was hit in the right eye on a foul ball hit by Phillies 1B Jake Fox. The woman was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher and transported to a hospital. ... Astros slugger Carlos Lee served as the designated hitter for the second consecutive game due to discomfort in his shoulder. He said the injury wasn't serious. ... Justine Siegel threw batting practice to a major league team for the fifth time this spring when she visited the Astros. Siegel faced Lee, Bill Hall, Clint Barmes and Matt Downs. The 36-year-old Cleveland native made history in February when she became the first woman to throw against MLB hitters in the Cleveland Indians camp. Siegel is on a promotional tour of sorts to bring awareness to her organization, "Baseball for All," which is an organization geared toward greater participation by women in the game.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Robert Andino, SS5022003 .222
        Brandon Waring, 3B-1B0000000 .000
    Felix Pie, CF5011003 .240
        Matt Angle, CF-LF0000000 .250
    Nolan Reimold, LF5010002 .290
        Xavier Avery, CF0000000 .000
    Jake Fox, 1B5010023 .333
        Gregory Miclat, SS0000000 .000
    Brendan Harris, 3B-SS^3B5120023 .250
    Brandon Snyder, DH5232012 .360
    Nick Green, RF4000133 .087
    Craig Tatum, C3110102 .304
        Michel Hernandez, C0000000 .000
    Ryan Adams, 2B4231001 .500
    Totals41614628  
    Batting
    2B - Jake Fox (4, Happ), Brendan Harris (5, Carpenter), Brandon Snyder (3, Happ), Ryan Adams 2 (2, Happ, Fien)
    HR - Brandon Snyder (1, Fien)
    RBI - Robert Andino 2 (6), Felix Pie (2), Brandon Snyder 2 (5), Ryan Adams (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Robert Andino 2 (3), Brandon Snyder (3), Ryan Adams (3)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Nick Green 1
    DP - Andino-Adams-Fox, Green-Andino
    E - Brandon Waring (1, Throwing)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Zach Britton (W,1-0) 4400220 0.00
    Chris Tillman (H,1) 3.2431110 5.19
    Armando Gabino (S,1) 1.1211120 1.69
    WP - Zach Britton (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 27-18, Chris Tillman 22-18, Armando Gabino 14-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 7-1, Chris Tillman 4-7, Armando Gabino 2-0
    Batters Faced - Zach Britton 16, Chris Tillman 17, Armando Gabino 7
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Michael Bourn, CF3010000 .250
       a- T.J. Steele, PH-CF2000002 .273
    Oswaldo Navarro, 3B4010111 .200
    Bill Hall, 2B2010101 .208
        Tommy Manzella, 2B2110010 .333
    Carlos Lee, DH3000103 .292
       b- J.B. Shuck, PH-DH1000000 .368
    Jason Michaels, LF3020000 .400
        J.D. Martinez, LF1111000 .250
    Brian Bogusevic, RF4110024 .214
    Brian Dopirak, 1B3000015 .273
        Koby Clemens, 1B0100100 .091
    Anderson Hernandez, SS3000001 .357
        Jonathan Meyer, SS1011000 .250
    Brian Esposito, C3000000 .091
        Carlos Corporan, C1011000 .500
    Totals36410345  
    a-popped out for Bourn in the 7th
    b-grounded out for Lee in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Tommy Manzella (2, Tillman), J.D. Martinez (1, Tillman), Brian Bogusevic (2, Z. Britton)
    RBI - J.D. Martinez (3), Jonathan Meyer (1), Carlos Corporan (2)
    2-OUT RBI - J.D. Martinez (2), Jonathan Meyer (1), Carlos Corporan (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    J.A. Happ (L,1-1) 4533210 3.38
    Enerio Del Rosario 2100030 0.00
    Fernando Abad 1311020 12.27
    Casey Fien 1311011 2.25
    David Carpenter 1211010 3.00
    Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 27-19, Enerio Del Rosario 13-13, Fernando Abad 10-10, Casey Fien 10-9, David Carpenter 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 4-7, Enerio Del Rosario 2-1, Casey Fien 2-0, David Carpenter 2-0
    Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 19, Enerio Del Rosario 7, Fernando Abad 6, Casey Fien 6, David Carpenter 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3403
    Game Time - 2:59
    Temperature - 65
    Umpires - Home - Arthur Thigpen, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Lance Barksdale