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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Bud Norris pitched three shutout innings in his second start of the spring, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Saturday in the first of two split squad games between the teams.

The Red Sox will host the Orioles in Fort Myers on Saturday night.

Norris, the leading contender to be the Orioles' No. 5 starter, allowed two hits and struck out four. In his first start on Monday, Norris allowed one hit in two shutout innings.

Rookie left-handed starter Henry Owens gave up three runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings for Boston.

Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in a four-run sixth for the Orioles.

Will Middlebrooks' fourth inning homer off Tommy Hunter gave the Red Sox their first run.

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