Spring Training : Jupiter, Fla.

Cards 4, Orioles 2, 10 Inn.

March 10, 2004|By Joe Christensen

Mark Quinn hit a two-run homer off John Stephens in the 10th inning, giving the Orioles their fourth loss in six Grapefruit League games.

After getting four strong innings from projected Opening Night starter Sidney Ponson, the Orioles grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jack Cust's bases-empty home run to center field.

The Cardinals tied the score in the seventh against Orioles reliever Mike DeJean. Kerry Robinson hit a one-out double and scored from second base with two outs on a ball hit to shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Robinson didn't stop running, as Tejada ranged into the hole behind second base to field a chopper from Colin Porter. Tejada made a good throw, but Porter was safe with a single. Then, as Robinson raced home, first baseman Carlos Mendez double-clutched before making the throw, and Robinson slid in safely, ahead of the tag.

The Orioles got a shutout inning from relievers Jorge Julio and Aaron Rakers, before Stephens took the mound in the 10th. With two outs, he walked Emil Brown before Quinn stepped up and hit his second homer of the spring.

WHO'S HOT

Sidney Ponson

Manager Lee Mazzilli called it "the perfect performance."

Mike Fontenot

Given the start at second base when Brian Roberts was scratched and had another hit to leave his average at .400.

Rick Bauer

Two more shutout innings for this potential starter.

WHO'S NOT

John Stephens

Didn't enter until the 10th, and had to exit stage left.

Mike DeJean

Wasn't a bad outing, but he did surrender the lead and maintain his 9.00 ERA.

Carlos Mendez

Seventh-inning play was another reminder the Orioles can't hide this guy in the field.

INJURY REPORT

The Orioles did not release the results from the bone scan center fielder Luis Matos underwent on his right shin Monday because they wanted their own doctors to review the results first. ... Roberts reported stiffness in his left groin and was scratched from the starting lineup as a precautionary measure. ... Jay Gibbons did not play because of a bruised right hand. ... Javy Lopez missed his second straight game because of a pinched nerve in his neck.

ARMS RACE

Ponson was impressive, but Bauer was even better. Six up and six down. He's still a dark horse to make the starting rotation, but he's only given up one hit in four innings this spring. Today, Omar Daal will make his second start of the spring. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits in two innings the last time he pitched.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Florida Marlins

Site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

Time: 1:05 p.m.

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