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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

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Tampa Bay Rays
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.

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

action.

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.

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