Orioles 7, Dodgers 2

March 26, 2002|By Joe Christensen

The game

Jeff Conine and Melvin Mora each hit home runs, and the Orioles continued their winning ways with a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla. The Orioles have won six exhibition games in a row, and 15 of their past 17.

The arms

Sidney Ponson (3-1) held the Dodgers to two runs on six hits in six innings. Chris Brock, B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio each pitched a scoreless inning. Brock had been out with shoulder soreness but retired three of the four batters he faced.

The bats

Mora's two-run homer off Dodgers starter Odalis Perez gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning. Mora moved into the Orioles' spring training lead with four home runs, and Conine added his third. Jose Leon added three hits.

Injury update

First baseman David Segui (strained Achilles' tendon) could return today, but manager Mike Hargrove said he still wasn't sure. Outfielder Jay Gibbons banged his shoulder when he crashed into the right-field fence to catch Adrian Beltre's drive in the second inning. Gibbons said he was fine.

The number

1 -Victories the Orioles need to match their total from all of spring training last season. Their 17-7-1 record leads the American League.

The quote

"I think Jay's really played right field well this year. I think he looks better in right field than he did in left field, so that's good. I'm not afraid to put him out there, that's for sure." - manager Mike Hargrove on Jay Gibbons

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