Jonathan Schoop leads Orioles to 6-3 win over Tampa Bay Rays

The Orioles' top position prospect, Jonathan Schoop, had been away for most of the spring while representing the Netherlands in the

World Baseball Classic


He finally returned Wednesday and, on Friday, he led the Orioles to a 6-3 win over the

Tampa Bay Rays


The 21-year-old started at shortstop and had three hits in his first three at-bats, including a RBI single in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth against Rays starting pitcher

Jeff Niemann


Steve Pearce

also homered as the Orioles improved to 16-6-3 in

Grapefruit League


Steve Johnson, who is competing for a spot as the Orioles' fifth starter, had three strong innings and one bad one Friday.

After retiring eight in a row to start the game, Johnson walked three straight with two outs in the third. Rays' slugger

Evan Longoria

then hit a sinking liner to left field that

Trayvon Robinson

attempted to catch and the ball slipped underneath him. Longoria was credited with a three-run double.

The Orioles didn't allow another run after that.

Johnson gave up two hits, three walks and three runs in four innings while striking out two.