Game in review

March 10, 2000|By Roch Kubatko

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP -- Mike Mussina: Still walking a tightrope. This time, he didn't fall.

DOWN -- Juan Guzman: Fumbled a two-run lead in the sixth.

DOWN -- Matt Ryan: Did the same as Guzman in the eighth.

UP -- Jose Mercedes: Two scoreless innings and another claim to a spot in the rotation.

UP -- Mike Bordick: Returning from the flu, he had two hits and two RBIs.

UP -- Rich Amaral: Steps up in quest to remain a spare outfielder.

UP -- Luis Matos: Just say no to extra innings.

The bats

Matos broke a 4-4 tie in the ninth with a bases-loaded single off Rick Heiserman. The rally had a young feel to it. Calvin Pickering led off with a single. Pinch runner Eugene Kingsale moved to second on a single by Tommy Davis, and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position. Ivanon Coffie was walked intentionally before Matos ended it. Bordick (two RBIs) and Amaral each went 2-for-2. Amaral and Jesus Garcia each drove in a run. Will Clark had a double among the Orioles' 10 hits.

The arms

Mussina and Mercedes combined to shut out the Cardinals through five innings. Guzman allowed two hits and two runs in the sixth before Al Reyes had an uneventful seventh. Ryan permitted two runs in the eighth to tie the game, but Rafael Pina was credited with the win after throwing a perfect ninth.

The rest

Pat Rapp didn't pitch because of a fever. Ex-Oriole Eric Davis didn't make the trip. Scott Erickson still has his right elbow wrapped after having bone chips removed from it last Friday, but he's no longer wearing a sling. Charles Johnson threw out Adam Kennedy trying to steal in the fourth. The Cardinals had been 14-for-16 in stolen-base attempts. Amaral and Coffie had stolen bases.

Quote of the day

"Me? No. I know everybody else coming to the game was disappointed, but the last time I saw McGwire I struck him out, so I can live with that one for a while." -- Mussina, when asked if he was disappointed that slugger Mark McGwire, whom he struck out in last year's All-Star Game in Boston, didn't make the trip.

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