FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite a rocky start, Orioles left-hander
continued to make a case for himself to be the team’s No. 5 starter in Tuesday's
game against the
Matusz allowed just one run on six hits through five innings, walking one and striking out two. His five-inning start is the longest of any Orioles pitcher this spring. Matusz threw 75 pitches, 58 strikes.
Over his past two starts, Matusz has allowed just one run over nine innings with six hits, nine strikeouts and two walks. In five
"For me, I'm taking the ball when I get it and I'm trying to take advantage of every opportunity," Matusz said. "I'm going out making pitches and trying to take it start by start. For me, I have the mentality of wanting to build pitches and innings to be a starter this year and that's my mentality and I'm taking advantage of the opportunity when Buck gives me the ball."
Five of the first nine Red Sox batters reached base against Matusz – the only run plated against him came in the first inning on a
"The first couple innings, I was trying to do too much," Matusz said. "I felt like my command was pretty good for the most part. I was able to get into a good rythym as the game went on and working the curveball and changeup really well and just being able to get outs in big situations."