Mets 7, Orioles 1

Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


March 14, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

The Orioles were shut out after the second inning yesterday, and the New York Mets' B team battered two relievers in a 7-1 victory.

Rick Bauer gave up five runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Aaron Rakers replaced him in the seventh with two outs, and Jason Phillips hit a three-run homer to extend the Mets' lead.

"He said he wasn't feeling good before the game," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "I asked if he was OK to pitch, and he said yes. But he looked sluggish out there. He couldn't get on the right track."

The Mets went ahead 4-1 in the fifth against Bauer on a two-run double by Danny Garcia and a double by Karim Garcia. Both teams scored in the second inning.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead against Eric DuBose on a single and stolen base by Ty Wigginton and a single by Raul Gonzalez. B.J. Surhoff singled with one out, took second when the ball skipped past Gonzalez in left field and came home on a Chad Mottola single.

Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Orioles twice brought the tying run to the plate without scoring. Javy Lopez bounced to the mound, and Jay Gibbons struck out.

Orioles closer Jorge Julio tossed a scoreless ninth after allowing five runs in his previous outing.


Chad Mottola

His double and RBI single weren't as impressive as his over-the-shoulder catch in deep left field that saved a run in the fifth.

Jose Bautista

The Rule 5 pick singled in his only at-bat and continued to show good instincts in the field. Looks much more advanced than Jose Morban did a year ago.


Miguel Tejada

Made his second error and failed to backhand another ball that went for a hit. Looks great in the lineup, but pretty shaky in the field. How long before fans start clamoring for Eddy Garabito?

Rick Bauer

This was the Mets' B team, not their '86 team.

Aaron Rakers

Was gone in a hurry, but left some incriminating fingerprints.

Pedro Swann

Struck out looking to end game and strand two runners.


Second baseman Jerry Hairston will visit a hand specialist tomorrow to determine whether he needs surgery on his fractured right ring finger. ... Infielder Mark McLemore missed another game with a stiff neck. ... Minor league pitcher Darwin Cubillan hasn't appeared in a game because of tightness in his right shoulder.


Eric DuBose allowed one run and four hits over four innings. Four of the first seven batters reached against the left-hander before he settled down. Of the last nine batters, one reached on an error and another on an infield hit. Maybe Rick Bauer was due for a bad outing. He surrendered five runs (three earned) and took the loss. Even some of the balls that were caught or foul were scorched.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Boston Red Sox

Site: Fort Myers, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

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