Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 2

March 22, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Working in relief for the first time this spring, Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez gave up two runs in the ninth inning in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Jimmy Alvarez tripled with none out to score Terry Shumpert, who led off with a walk. David Murphy's single with one out increased the lead.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead against Bronson Arroyo in the fourth on a two-out single by Jay Gibbons.

Boston tied the score against Erik Bedard in the fifth on a home run by David McCarty, and the Red Sox went ahead 2-1 in the sixth against Lopez on an infield hit by McCarty with the bases loaded.

Miguel Tejada led off the bottom half with a double, stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Doug Mirabelli.

Bedard didn't allow a hit until McCarty's homer. He surrendered two hits in five innings.

"The kid pitched lights out," manager Lee Mazzilli said.

WHO'S HOT

Erik Bedard

Still seems unlikely that he starts the year in Baltimore, but he's not making the decision any easier.

Miguel Tejada

A brain cramp at shortstop yesterday - he held the ball too long before throwing late - but he continues to swing a hot bat. Had a single and double, and still found time to pose for a photo with the bat boy in the on-deck circle.

Jay Gibbons

Had a run-scoring single and went an entire day without being hit in the right hand. Do you believe in miracles? Yes.

WHO'S NOT

Melvin Mora

Struck out twice and looked very uncomfortable at third base. But he could be carrying a frozen turkey and still have better range than Tony Batista.

Rodrigo Lopez

Bullpen apparently doesn't suit him.

INJURY REPORT

Larry Bigbie returned to the lineup after missing six games with a strained left groin. ... Mark McLemore will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

ARMS RACE

Bedard held the Red Sox to a run and two hits over five innings. He walked two, struck out three and showed again that he's fully recovered from ligament-transplant surgery. He might have been temporarily forgotten with the Orioles drafting Adam Loewen and trading for Denny Bautista, but he's still an elite pitching prospect. Lopez wasn't sharp, allowing three runs and seven hits, walking three, in four relief innings.

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