Hentgen yields run in strong 6

Orioles 4, Twins 3

March 25, 2003|By Roch Kubatko

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Brook Fordyce and Eddy Garabito each drove in two runs during a four-run fourth inning, and Pat Hentgen turned in his best outing in the Orioles' 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday. Hentgen allowed one run over six innings, striking out five. The Orioles loaded the bases with none out in the fourth, but the next two batters struck out before Fordyce looped a single over shortstop Cristian Guzman. Garabito, who also reached on an infield hit and double, drilled a triple into right-center field for a 4-0 lead. Jacque Jones hit his second homer in two games, this time connecting off Rick Bauer in the ninth.

Who's hot

Pat Hentgen: Had good velocity, changed speeds effectively and turned in his finest performance of the spring. Results have always mattered to him, even in March. They couldn't have been more important yesterday.

Eddy Garabito: Was 0-for-8 before making his first start, getting two RBIs and coming within a homer of the cycle. Even better, he didn't age three years after the game.

Brook Fordyce: Singled and got his first two RBIs. He also catches the ball, which makes him popular in the pitchers' meetings.

Who's not

Jeff Reboulet: How bad is it when Eddy Garabito starts ahead of you at shortstop - and surpasses your RBI total with one hit?

Willis Roberts: Struck a crouched pose after Bobby Kielty fouled off a pitch. Still waiting for him to turn green like the Hulk.

Injury report

The Orioles didn't report any new injuries. Tony Batista continues to run as though his right knee is hurting.

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