Spring Training : Jupiter, Fla.

Marlins 6, Orioles 1

March 08, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Shut out through seven innings, the Orioles lost to the Florida Marlins yesterday, 6-1, at Roger Dean Stadium.

Carl Pavano tossed four scoreless innings, the only glitch a single by Javy Lopez in the fourth. Mike Fontenot drove in the Orioles' only run with a single in the eighth that scored Jose Morban, who doubled with one out. Fontenot also doubled in the sixth.

Tim Raines and Jose Bautista singled in the ninth, giving the Orioles six hits. They were held to two in Friday's road loss to the Marlins, and only had two going into the eighth yesterday.

Kurt Ainsworth allowed one unearned run in three innings, walking none, but Damion Easley belted a two-run homer off Erik Bedard in the fifth, and the Marlins scored three runs off Brian Forystek in the sixth. The last run came across on Morban's error.

"Ainsworth threw very well," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He kept the ball down and showed a lot of poise. I liked what I saw."

The Orioles are 1-3 in Grapefruit League games.

WHO'S HOT

Kurt Ainsworth

So Damian Moss wasn't the jewel from last summer's Sidney Ponson trade?

Mike Fontenot

Clears the center-field fence on one bounce, then knocks in the only run. Easily the most impressive player in camp.

Jorge Julio

Turns up in the lost-and-found, throws a perfect inning.

WHO'S NOT

Darnell McDonald

Goes 0-for-4 and makes the last out. Now 1-for-11 in four games.

Erik Bedard

Wasn't a good day to be a middle reliever.

Brian Forystek

Didn't bat, but only because kids aren't allowed to run the bases until after the game.

INJURY REPORT

Center fielder Luis Matos will undergo a bone scan and CT scan to determine whether the pain in his right shin is caused by a stress fracture. ... Catcher Geronimo Gil has some soreness in his right elbow.

ARMS RACE

Ainsworth did nothing to hurt his chances of being the No. 2 or 3 starter. In his debut, he became the first Orioles pitcher to go three innings, and he should have gotten away without a run scoring. Ainsworth, Eric DuBose and Rick Bauer have been the most impressive candidates to follow Opening Day starter Ponson. DuBose pitches today against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Fort Lauderdale.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers

Site: Fort Lauderdale Stadium

Time: 1:05 p.m.

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