Spring Training : Viera, Fla.

Expos 3, Orioles 2

March 25, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Kurt Ainsworth scuffled for five innings yesterday, and the Orioles lost their fourth consecutive game, 3-2, to the Montreal Expos at Space Coast Stadium.

The Expos broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth on a leadoff single by Peter Bergeron and a double by Jose Vidro. Bergeron had three hits and scored twice.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead in the first on doubles by Bergeron and Joe Vitiello, but the Orioles tied it in the fifth on consecutive one-out singles by Jack Cust, Geronimo Gil and Luis Lopez. Cust reached on an infield hit.

Expos starter Tomo Ohka retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before Cust's single. Ainsworth wasn't as sharp, allowing eight hits and walking two in five innings. But the Expos managed only two runs off him.

Left-hander Rob Ramsay, pitching for the first time this spring, allowed a run in the sixth, but the Orioles cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh on Lopez's second RBI single. Gil doubled with two outs - his second hit of the game - before Lopez delivered.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WHO'S HOT

Luis Lopez

Knocked in two runs and saved one with a diving stop at second. An after-thought when camp opened, but not anymore.

Geronimo Gil

His argument for being the backup catcher got a lot louder.

Rob Ramsay

Appeared in his first game yesterday, wearing a batting helmet for protection on the mound. A winner, no matter what the box score says.

WHO'S NOT

Kurt Ainsworth

The bases were more littered than the Preakness infield.

The travel squad

The ground's so flat in Viera, you can sit on your porch and watch your dog run away for a week. It's in the middle of nowhere, but at least it's windy.

INJURY REPORT

Pitcher Omar Daal underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday to determine the cause of his shoulder pain. The club hoped to have the results by today.

ARMS RACE

Ainsworth entered the game with a 1.59 ERA, but the Expos weren't impressed. They had three hits in the first inning, a single and walk in the third, two singles and a walk in the fourth and a single and double in the fifth. He was aided by a double play and pickoff. Sidney Ponson starts today against the Cardinals in Fort Lauderdale. Rick Bauer is scheduled to go three innings in a minor league game in Sarasota.

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