Spring Training : Fort Myers, Fla.

Orioles 10, Red Sox 8

March 12, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Miguel Tejada and Jay Gibbons hit two-run homers in the first inning yesterday, and the Orioles won for only the second time in their past seven games in a 10-8 victory over the Boston Red Sox at City of Palms Park.

Tejada, who has hit safely in all six of his games, added a run-scoring double in the second off Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo before leaving with a strained muscle in his lower right leg.

B.J. Surhoff hit a two-run homer in the seventh, which became critical when the Red Sox scored five in the ninth off Jorge Julio. Aaron Rakers got the final out. Javy Lopez came within a homer of the cycle.

Rodrigo Lopez was perfect over three innings, and the Orioles rewarded him with a 6-0 lead. Their first five hits were for extra bases. Larry Bigbie was credited with a triple in the first inning after left fielder Manny Ramirez lost the ball in the sun, and Tejada followed with his homer. Javy Lopez tripled later in the inning, and Gibbons connected for a 4-0 lead.

Orioles left-hander Matt Riley walked three batters in the fourth inning, one with the bases loaded, and allowed a run-scoring single to Kevin Millar. John Parrish surrendered a run in the eighth.

WHO'S HOT

Miguel Tejada

Remember when $72 million over six years seemed excessive? Right now, this guy looks like a bargain.

Javy Lopez

Comes within a homer of the cycle. Greg Maddux not impressed.

Jay Gibbons

Crushes two-run homer and makes lunging catch in right field.

Rodrigo Lopez

For three innings, it was 2002 all over again.

Aaron Rakers

Probably never imagined he'd replace Jorge Julio and get a save, even in the Grapefruit League.

WHO'S NOT

Matt Riley

Joins the growing list of minor league pitchers who can't throw strikes. The middle innings have been brutal for the Orioles, and anyone watching.

Jorge Julio

Tried closing the door, and it swung back and hit him.

INJURY REPORT

Tejada left the game in the fourth inning with a strained muscle in his lower right leg. ... Melvin Mora was removed in the eighth after being hit above the left elbow by Reynaldo Garcia. ... Tejada's replacement, Luis Lopez, was bothered by cramping in his left calf. ... Second baseman Brian Roberts missed his third straight game because of a strained left groin.

ARMS RACE

Lopez won't start on Opening Day, but he had ace stuff yesterday. He struck out three of the first six batters he faced, and didn't allow a base runner in three innings. In two starts, he has given up one run over five innings, with six strikeouts. Going from No. 1 to No. 2 starter wouldn't be so bad. Riley still is having command issues, and the failure to correct them might settle the fifth starter debate and send him to Triple-A.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Montreal Expos

Site: Spacecoast Stadium, Viera, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

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