Whiteside's 2-run hit caps rally

Baseball

March 01, 2003|By Roch Kubatko

Orioles 7, Marlins 6

The Orioles blew another 3-1 lead to the Florida Marlins but rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and won, 7-6, in their home exhibition opener. Catcher Eli Whiteside hit a two-out, two-run single to give the Orioles the lead. The inning included a run-scoring single by B.J. Surhoff and bases-loaded walk by Larry Bigbie. Bill Pulsipher got the win, and Mike Garcia retired all three batters in the ninth for the save. The Marlins scored five runs in the seventh inning off Mike Paradis to lead 6-3. The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the first after loading the bases with none out against Brad Penny. Jeff Conine lifted a sacrifice fly, Jay Gibbons had a run-scoring groundout, and Tony Batista singled to left. Melvin Mora had three hits, and Brian Roberts added two. Omar Daal didn't allow a hit, or a ball out of the infield, in two innings. The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the third against Pat Hentgen but settled for one run.

Who's hot

Omar Daal: Welcome to South Florida's newest establishment: The Daal House.

Melvin Mora: Not ready to accept a utility role.

Brian Roberts: Sure looked good atop the order - and at second base.

Who's not

Scott Erickson: At least he's still got his looks.

Mike Paradis: Paradis lost (almost).

Sherman Obando: It's no typo: There are four Ks in "Obando."

Injury update

Erickson will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum and might not pitch again this season, which probably will end his Orioles' career. Erickson said he's hoping to return in September. ... Catcher Brook Fordyce left the ballpark early to have his sore throat examined. ... Hentgen is receiving treatment for a sore hamstring.

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