Orioles 3, Dodgers 1

Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

March 20, 2004|By Joe Christensen

Sidney Ponson became the first Orioles pitcher to work six innings this spring, and Jay Gibbons singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Orioles claimed a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

With Buddy Groom, B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio each turning in an inning of scoreless relief, it was the best-pitched game of the spring for the Orioles.

Then again, they were facing the Dodgers, who scored fewer runs than the Detroit Tigers last season, and on this trip, they didn't even have Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca or Juan Encarnacion.

Miguel Tejada went 2-for-3 with a double and scored the Orioles' first run when Javy Lopez hit a one-out single in the fourth inning. The game was tied 1-1 with two outs in the sixth when Gibbons drove his run-scoring single up the middle.

The Orioles added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Tim Raines stole third base and scored on a groundout by Melvin Mora.

WHO'S HOT

Sidney Ponson

Cruised through six innings on 79 pitches. Only blemish was a second-inning home run by David Ross.

Javy Lopez

Singled to drive home a run in the fourth inning, and threw out a runner trying to steal in the fifth.

Jorge Julio

Earned his first save of the spring with a nifty 1-2-3 ninth inning.

WHO'S NOT

Mike Fontenot

Went 0-for-4 to drop his once-mighty average to .276 and mishandled a routine double-play relay from Melvin Mora.

Jack Cust

Now hitting .152 after going hitless in three at-bats.

Denny Bautista

Top pitching prospect finally expected in camp today after a long struggle to get his visa.

INJURY REPORT

Mark McLemore left the game after straining his right knee while rounding first base in the third inning. He will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam this morning. ... Larry Bigbie hasn't been in the lineup since Sunday because of a cramp in his left groin, but manager Lee Mazzilli said Bigbie will probably return this weekend. ... David Segui has been scratched the past two games because of stiffness in his left wrist, but he could play today. ... Jay Gibbons was back in the lineup as the designated hitter one day after jamming his right big toe Thursday.

ARMS RACE

The Orioles will gladly take the effort Ponson gave them yesterday on Opening Night against the Boston Red Sox. Ponson allowed one run on five hits, walking one and striking out three. His pitch count was low enough to go the distance if this had been the regular season. -

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Fla.

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

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