SARASOTA, Fla. – Some players use spring training to get ready for the regular season. Others hope to make an impression on the manager while fighting for a roster spot.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman came to camp with a good chance to make the starting rotation, but instead of getting wrapped up in the competition, the 22-year-old focused on becoming a better pitcher.

Tillman continued the process Sunday, allowing three runs in 52/3 innings to help the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3.

Tillman struck out three and gave up six hits and four walks. He’s in a duel with Brad Bergesen for the third spot in the rotation.

Bergesen is recovering nicely after being struck in the right forearm with a line drive Friday. He tested his pitching arm Sunday by throwing on flat ground from 60 feet before moving back to 120 feet.

After Tillman left with the Orioles trailing 3-1, Baltimore rallied in the eighth against Santo Luis. With the bases loaded and no outs, Matt Wieters singled in two runs and Ryan Adams followed with an RBI single.

J.D. Drew hit his second homer for the Red Sox, a two-run drive in the third.

Boston has lost 10 straight, but Manager Terry Francona expressed no concern.

“You’re talking to a guy who cheats when he’s playing his kids at Monopoly. I want to win, but we wouldn’t have put in Luis if we wanted to win,” Francona said. “You try to do what you’re supposed to do, and you always want to play the game right. We’d all rather win than lose. But I don’t think it’s created an atmosphere of panic. Sometimes you throw some kids out there.”

Koji Uehara pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Orioles in his first big league appearance since Feb. 28. The right-handed reliever has been hindered by a sore elbow.

“I’d almost forgotten he was here,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter joked. “To see him throwing the split and the slider, that’s a good sign.”

BLUE JAYS: Toronto’s Rajai Davis went 5 for 5 and scored three times, and Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double in a four-run seventh inning that carried the Blue Jays to a 9-5 win over Baltimore in Dunedin, Fla.

Davis had two singles, two doubles and a triple. Escobar also hit a two-run homer as the Blue Jays amassed 20 hits.

PHILLIES: Roy Halladay tuned up for his start on opening day with three scoreless innings and had a two-run single as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-1 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The NL Cy Young Award winner will face the Houston Astros on Friday in Philadelphia. On Sunday, he allowed two hits, walked none and struck out three while lowering his spring ERA to 0.42.

YANKEES: First baseman Mark Teixeira went 2 for 3 with two RBI as the Yankees took a 7-6 loss to the Twins in Ft. Myers, Fla. Alex Rodriguez was 0 for 2, lowering his spring average to .404.

Carl Pavano had his worst start of spring training against his former team, giving up five runs and 11 hits in six innings.

RAYS: Catcher John Jaso tied it 4-all in the top of the ninth with a one-out, solo homer off Chris Leroux but the Pirates scored on a throwing error in the bottom half of the ninth to take a 5-4 win in Bradenton, Fla.

David Price pitched four innings and gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out three.

TIGERS: The benches emptied after Victor Martinez took exception to a close pitch from Houston’s Jose Valdez in the sixth inning of the Tigers’ 8-4 win in Kissimmee, Fla.

Martinez stepped out of the batter’s box and said something to Valdez. The Tigers star and everyone else calmed down before anything escalated.

ASTROS: The Astros acquired infielder Joe Inglett from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash. Inglett is a career .286 hitter in 781 at-bats with Cleveland, Toronto and Milwaukee.

NATIONALS: The Nationals traded hot-tempered outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra, the son of former Phillie Lenny Dykstra.