The Montreal Expos jumped to a two-run, first-inning lead against Eric DuBose yesterday, and a fierce wind helped them hold on for a 3-0 victory at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
DuBose (1-2) gave up six hits and three runs over five innings.
Joe Vitiello and Juan Rivera had run-scoring singles in the first inning, and Terrmel Sledge added an RBI double in the third.
Expos starter Sun-woo Kim (1-2) held the Orioles hitless until Javy Lopez singled to start the fifth inning. But the Orioles had four potential extra-base hits get knocked down in the wind.
Rafael Palmeiro had a wind-blown ball get caught at the left-field wall in the first inning. Larry Bigbie crushed a ball to right field in the fourth that got held up for an out. Miguel Tejada followed with a smash down the left-field line that the wind pulled foul.
Then, in the fifth, Jay Gibbons hit a long line drive that Expos center fielder Peter Bergeron tracked down. By the end, the Orioles had managed just six hits and grounded into four double plays.
Exhibition opponent: Montreal Expos
Site: Spacecoast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Had two hits and another stolen by Mother Nature.
Continued distancing himself from his March 11 debacle against the Red Sox with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Walked two batters to load the bases in the seventh, but escaped with another scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.80.
Had several nice plays in the field but grounded into two inning-ending double plays.
Could have used the home run, as his average dipped to .205.
Played most of his regulars for a full game but the team still suffered its second shutout loss of the spring and dropped to 7-12.
Omar Daal left his throwing session with soreness in his left shoulder and will undergo an MRI exam today. ... Mark McLemore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday, and the results were better than expected, which could shorten his recovery time. Now he is expected to miss four to six weeks.... Melvin Mora came to practice sick, so Mazzilli sent him home for the day. ... Right-hander Darwin Cubillan tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance of the spring. He had been out with right shoulder tightness.
DuBose has leapfrogged Kurt Ainsworth into the third spot of the Orioles' starting rotation, behind Sidney Ponson and Rodrigo Lopez. But that is primarily to break the string of three right-handers at the top. Ainsworth, who takes a 1.59 ERA into today's start, has pitched better than anyone in camp. Yesterday's shaky outing raised DuBose's ERA to 4.66.