Spring Training : Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Orioles 7, Mets 3

March 29, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

The Orioles scored four unearned runs off Steve Trachsel in the second inning yesterday, two coming on a double by Miguel Tejada, and Rodrigo Lopez turned back the clock to 2002 in a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets at Tradition Field.

Lopez, who won 15 games in his first season with the Orioles before slipping to 7-10 last year, held the Mets to one unearned run and five hits in seven innings. The only blemish was a two-out single by Joe McEwing after Tejada's error allowed Ty Wigginton to reach second base on a rundown.

A throwing error by Mets shortstop Kazuo Matsui in the second inning gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and Brian Roberts contributed a run-scoring single before Tejada delivered.

Consecutive two-out doubles by Roberts and Melvin Mora off reliever John Franco increased the lead to 5-1 in the seventh, but the Mets scored twice in the eighth off John Parrish. Two-out singles by Mora and Luis Lopez in the ninth inning scored two runs and accounted for the final margin. The Orioles (10-13-1) have won three in a row.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: Boston Red Sox

Site: City of Palms Park, Fort Myers, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)


Rodrigo Lopez

First Orioles pitcher to go seven innings, and his timing couldn't have been better. Wasn't exactly throwing on solid ground.

Miguel Tejada

Batting .390 this spring after collecting three more hits yesterday. Hard to imagine another slow start this season.

Brian Roberts

Two hits, an RBI, three runs scored and two outstanding plays in the field, both times ranging far to his right. Just needs to stay healthy.


Jack Cust

Seventeen strikeouts in 44 at-bats, including two more yesterday after replacing Jay Gibbons in right field.

John Parrish

Added drama in the eighth when none was needed.


Pitcher Omar Daal is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., today for a second opinion on his left shoulder. A magnetic resonance imaging test didn't show any damage, but the team has recommended that Daal undergo arthroscopic surgery because of pain behind the shoulder.


Lopez needed an outing like this to enhance his chances of staying in the rotation. He allowed one unearned run and five hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out four. He retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced. Rather than experiment with pitches, Lopez went back to basics and was rewarded. Rick Bauer and five other relievers are scheduled to pitch today against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.

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