Alomar's slam sends O's packing

Mets 9, Orioles 2

March 29, 2003|By Roch Kubatko

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Roberto Alomar hit a grand slam off reliever B.J. Ryan in the sixth inning, and the New York Mets cruised to a 9-2 victory over the Orioles yesterday in their final game in Florida this spring. Manager Mike Hargrove and left fielder B.J. Surhoff were ejected in the third inning for arguing an interference call on Gary Matthews, who stumbled across the plate as catcher Mike Piazza attempted to throw to second. Ryan gave up five runs, walked two and threw a wild pitch in the sixth. He also struck out three. Starter Omar Daal allowed four runs, two coming on Cliff Floyd's homer, in five innings. The Orioles didn't score until the seventh, when Marty Cordova delivered Jay Gibbons with a single. Matthews homered in the ninth off left-hander Graeme Lloyd. The Orioles must defeat the Mets today at Shea Stadium to finish at .500.

Who's hot

Jose Leon: Batting .425 this spring was enough to make the club.

David Segui: Scorched the ball during batting practice, once shouting "Broken hand, my [butt]" as he left the cage after clearing the fence again.

Who's not

Jeff Reboulet: On the team one minute, gone the next. His bags had to be unloaded from the truck that is transporting gear to Baltimore.

Omar Daal: Sat with his head bowed, facing locker, after allowing four runs over five innings.

Mike Hargrove: Not only does he get ejected from an exhibition game, but he couldn't even beat B.J. Surhoff to it.

B.J. Ryan: Struck out the side and still ended up with a hideous pitching line.

Mixed review

Jose Morban: Rule 5 draft pick, claimed on waivers yesterday, has a chance to stay in the majors all season - but not with the contending Twins.

Box score

N.Y. METS AB R H BI ORIOLES AB R H BI

Cedeno cf 3 2 2 0 Hairston 2b 4 0 1 0

Perez lf-cf 2 1 1 1 Mttws Jr cf 3 1 1 1

Alomar 2b 4 1 2 4 Surhoff lf 1 0 0 0

Shinjo cf 1 0 1 0 Mora lf 3 0 1 0

Floyd 1b 3 1 1 2 Conine 1b 4 0 0 0

Phillips 1b 1 0 0 0 Gibbons rf 4 1 1 0

Piazza c 3 1 2 1 Batista 3b 3 0 1 0

Wilson c 2 0 0 0 Crdva dh 2 0 1 1

Vaughn dh 3 1 0 0 Gil c 3 0 0 0

Wggnton 3b 4 1 2 1 Cruz ss 3 0 0 0

Burnitz rf 4 0 0 0

Sanchez ss 2 0 0 0

McEwing ss 2 0 0 0

Bell 1b-2b 3 1 0 0

Totals 37 9 11 9 Totals 30 2 6 2

New York (NL) 100 125 000 - 9

Orioles 000 000 101 - 2

DP-New York 2, Orioles 1. LOB-New York 4, Orioles 3. 2B-Batista, Gibbons. 3B-Wigginton. HR-Floyd (4), Alomar (3), Matthews Jr (2).

New York (NL) IP H R ER BB SO

Leiter W, 4-1 6 2 0 0 1 4

Cerda 2 2 1 1 0 0

Lloyd 1 2 1 1 0 0

Orioles IP H R ER BB SO

Daal L, 0-1 5 7 4 4 1 5

Ryan 1 3 5 5 2 3

Lightenberg 1 0 0 0 0 1

Groom 1 0 0 0 0 0

Julio 1 1 0 0 0 0

HBP-by Leiter (Cordova). WP-Ryan. T-2:15. A-2,187.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.