Orioles 6, Mets 2

March 25, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Jason Johnson held the Mets to one hit over seven innings, and the Orioles won their fifth consecutive game. They've taken 14 of their past 16. The Orioles scored four times in the fourth inning, getting five hits and a walk.

The arms

Though unable to keep the ball down, Johnson allowed only a run-scoring single by Edgardo Alfonzo in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Rey Ordonez. He walked three and hit a batter. Buddy Groom tossed a scoreless eighth. The Mets' other two hits came in the ninth off Willis Roberts, who surrendered a run on a groundout.

The bats

Johnson made his day complete by belting a two-run homer off Shawn Estes. Melvin Mora homered, doubled and walked. Brook Fordyce had three hits, and Jerry Hairston and Jay Gibbons singled twice. Tony Batista added a run-scoring double.

Injury update

First baseman David Segui (strained Achilles') could return tomorrow. Batista was hit on the left hand, and it's unknown if he'll be available today.

The number

.438 - Hairston's on-base percentage this spring, compared to .305 last season.

The quote

"I didn't say anything to him. I didn't say anything to him when he went up. What was I going to say to him when he came back?" - manager Mike Hargrove, on his response to Johnson's home run.

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