Brad Penny pitched three perfect innings, and the Florida Marlins avenged Thursday's loss to the Orioles with a 6-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.
Omar Daal allowed run-scoring doubles to Luis Castillo and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, and a sacrifice fly by Jeff Conine increased the lead to 3-0. Castillo added a run-scoring single in the second. Daal was charged with four runs and seven hits in two innings.
"The feeling with all my pitches, I know I am going to get it and I know it has to be soon, because I want to be in the starting rotation," Daal said.
The Orioles didn't get a hit until the sixth inning and finished with two - after totaling 16 in Thursday's 6-5 win. They loaded the bases with one out against Darren Oliver, but Rafael Palmeiro bounced into a double play.
With John Parrish pitching in the sixth, the Marlins used a triple by Alex Gonzalez, a single by Pierre and a double by Cabrera that right fielder Chad Mottola misplayed to build on their lead.
Looked good, and not just because he followed Daal. Should this guy be a starter?
The Rule 5 pick ended the no-hit suspense - if such a thing exists in spring training - with a single in the sixth. He also stole a base and made a nice play in the field.
If not for a diving catch by Jay Gibbons, they still might be in the first inning.
Walked the bases loaded in the fifth before escaping, and allowed two runs in sixth. His wild streaks are getting shorter, but they're still an issue.
Center fielder Luis Matos has shin splints that could make him unavailable for seven to 10 days. ... Manager Lee Mazzilli said he doesn't expect outfielder Marty Cordova, who underwent ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow in August, to be ready by Opening Day. Cordova hasn't been cleared to hit or throw. ... First baseman David Segui's sore left wrist is improving, and he should begin playing within a week.
Though it's only one start, Daal has fallen behind. And the distance could grow if Matt Riley and Rodrigo Lopez have good outings today. Five of the first six batters reached against Daal, and the Marlins had three doubles among their seven hits off him, including a pop fly that hit Larry Bigbie on the forehead. Bauer shut out the Marlins over two efficient innings. John Stephens retired the only batter he faced.
Exhibition opponent: Montreal Expos
Site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)