Cardinals 4, Orioles 3

Spring Training : Jupiter, Fla.

March 21, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Orioles center fielder Luis Matos struck out looking with the go-ahead run at second base yesterday, and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 4-3 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

Julian Tavarez picked up the save, but not before Brian Roberts singled with two outs to score Jose Bautista and move the tying run to third base.

Roberts stole second before Matos went down.

Orioles pitcher John Maine took the loss after allowing a run-scoring double to Marlon Anderson with two outs in the seventh that broke a 2-2 tie.

Bo Hart homered off Orioles pitcher Mike DeJean in the eighth - his first extra-base hit of the spring. Hart was batting .171 entering the game, but he went 2-for-3.

Orioles left-hander Matt Riley, making his first start, allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 2/3 innings.

The Orioles outhit St. Louis 9-7, but they committed three errors.

WHO'S HOT

Matt Riley

That burning sensation might be coming from his left hand after reaching for a hard bouncer.

B.J. Surhoff

Two more hits, an RBI and a better chance to make the team with Mark McLemore injured.

David Segui

Two hits and an RBI. Surgically repaired left wrist dictates when he'll play more than manager Lee Mazzilli.

Jose Bautista

Error in fifth inning is forgivable because he had two hits and scored a run. More deserving of roster spot than last year's Rule 5 pick, Jose Morban.

WHO'S NOT

John Maine

Handed his first loss. But the experience in camp will do him good.

Keith Osik

Known more for defense and game-calling, Osik is 1-for-12, proving his reputation as a defensive catcher is accurate.

INJURY REPORT

Mark McLemore tore cartilage in his right knee and will need arthroscopic surgery. ... Outfielder Larry Bigbie is expected to return to the lineup today after missing six games with a strained left groin muscle. ... Segui started at first base after being held out two games with a sore left wrist. ... Pitcher Darwin Cubillian is now throwing after being shut down with tightness in his right shoulder.

ARMS RACE

Riley drew praise from manager Mazzilli after allowing two runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He has allowed one earned run in his past 7 2/3 innings. Omar Daal pitched in a minor league game and gave up six runs (three earned) and three walks in five innings. Left-hander Erik Bedard makes his first start today against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Lauderdale, and Mazzilli hasn't eliminated him from the competition for the fifth starter's job. Rodrigo Lopez, lined up as the No. 2 starter, also will pitch.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Boston Red Sox

Site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

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