Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Expos 10, Orioles 7

Baseball

March 07, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

The Montreal Expos scored two runs off Adam Loewen in the eighth inning and pushed the Orioles below .500 after three games with a 10-7 victory.

Loewen entered with a 7-6 lead before allowing three hits and walking a batter. Larry Broadway homered off Mike DeJean during a two-run ninth. Mike Fontenot scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning before the Expos rallied. He lined a ball off Expos pitcher Mike Judd and hustled to second for a double. Fontenot raced to third on a chopper to the left side and later scored.

The Orioles erased a 6-1 deficit in the fifth with five runs. Brian Roberts and Miguel Tejada each had an RBI in the inning, and B.J. Surhoff drove in two with a single.

Rodrigo Lopez allowed one run over two innings in his spring debut. Matt Riley surrendered two runs, and the Expos scored three times in the fifth off Double-A pitcher David Crouthers. Carl Everett had three RBIs for the Expos. Former Oriole Tony Batista didn't make the trip.

WHO'S HOT

Jack Cust

Mr. Patience lets the first four pitches go by and ropes a double to left. But watching him play left field reminds everyone his best position is standing upright in the batter's box.

Tim Raines Jr.

After absorbing some playful jabs from his father, a coach for the Expos' Single-A affiliate, he singles twice and steals two bases. Speed and concentration.

B.J. Surhoff

Forget his age. This guy can still hit.

Mike Fontenot

The organization's minor league Player of the Year has major talent and hustle. Easy to see why scouting department was willing to overlook his small stature.

WHO'S NOT

Javy Lopez

Admits to being only average defensively, but two passed balls?

Mike DeJean

Has camouflaged his truck, but couldn't hide a bad outing.

David Crouthers

Yesterday made him yearn for a July night in Altoona.

INJURY REPORT

Center fielder Luis Matos will undergo a bone scan and CT scan tomorrow on his right shin. The exams will determine whether he has a stress fracture or shinsplints. ... The soreness in first baseman David Segui's left wrist has lessened and he's able to hit.

ARMS RACE

Rodrigo Lopez threw better than his line indicated. He could fall anywhere in the rotation behind Sidney Ponson or become a long man in the bullpen if Rick Bauer is made a starter. It's worth noting that he also has another minor league option. ... Matt Riley had control issues, and the first pitch he threw was smoked to left field for a double.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Florida Marlins

Site: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

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