Orioles 9, Marlins 8

March 29, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

A leadoff homer by Brian Roberts got the Orioles started right, and a two-run shot by Brook Fordyce in the ninth gave them the victory. The Orioles had trailed 7-2 before rallying. The Marlins were denied the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a running catch by right fielder Jay Gibbons.

The arms

Rookie left-hander Erik Bedard lasted only one inning, allowing a run-scoring single by Mike Lowell and three-run homer by Derrek Lee. Lee added a run-scoring double off Travis Driskill in the third. Preston Wilson and Lowell drove in runs in the fourth off Rodrigo Lopez. The Marlins went ahead in the eighth when Pablo Ozuna chopped a double to shallow left off Lee Marshall and scored on an infield hit, no one covering home on a ball hit in front of the mound.

The bats

Fordyce (3-for-5) was the hero, but there were plenty of other standouts. Roberts was batting .208 before going 3-for-5 with his first spring homer. He also led off the seventh with a double and scored on a Mike Bordick double. Gibbons tripled to score Bordick, and Melvin Mora doubled off the left-field wall to reduce Florida's lead to 7-6. David Segui hit his second homer in two games. Larry Bigbie contributed a run-scoring double.

Injury update

Chris Singleton (Achilles') returned yesterday and stole a base. Left-hander John Bale didn't complain of any soreness in his elbow after pitching Wednesday.

The number

40 - Pitches thrown by Bedard in the first inning.

The quote

"If I did that, I'd have to name a catcher, and I'm not prepared to do that." - manager Mike Hargrove, explaining why he wouldn't reveal his entire starting lineup for Opening Day

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