Orioles 6, Expos 1

March 11, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

The Orioles won their third straight and are unbeaten in their past four games, including a tie. They chased Expos starter Carl Pavano in the third inning, reaching him for four runs and seven hits. They also executed another delayed double steal, with Marty Cordova scoring as Tony Batista took second.

The bats

Jerry Hairston led off the first inning with a bunt hit and the third with a single and stolen base. Cordova doubled, singled and drove in a run. Jeff Conine went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Chris Singleton had an RBI single and scorched another ball that was caught by first baseman Andy Tracy. Luis Garcia added an RBI double in his only at-bat. Jay Gibbons singled and was robbed of a home run when the wind held up the ball on the warning track in right.

The arms

Josh Towers allowed two hits in four scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out one. Sean Douglass gave up a run in three innings, allowing two hits and walking two. Mike Paradis pitched a scoreless eighth and left-hander John Bale stranded two in the ninth.

Injury update

Infielder Brian Roberts (elbow) appeared in his first game since March 1 but the Orioles will continue using him carefully. Third baseman Batista (headaches) returned to the lineup. Jason Johnson (cracked fingernail) threw a simulated game and will make his next start on Thursday.

The number

1 -- The number of strikeouts all four Orioles pitchers had. All four Expos pitchers had two.

The quote

"This is the best I've felt, definitely. I think I'm right where I want to be. Each day I've felt a little better on the mound, which is what it's all about."

-- Josh Towers.

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