Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Marlins 9, Orioles 6

April 01, 2004|By Joe Christensen

The Orioles knocked around Florida Marlins starter Carl Pavano for six runs and 12 hits in the first three innings, but the Marlins still came away with a 9-6 victory yesterday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Abraham Nunez went 4-for-4 with two home runs in a game that included 29 hits, as the Orioles lost for the second time in their past six games.

The Orioles used doubles by Larry Bigbie and Melvin Mora to score two runs in the first inning. They added three in the second and might have had more had Miguel Tejada not blown past third base coach Tom Trebelhorn's stop sign and gotten thrown out at the plate.

Jay Gibbons hit his second home run of the spring in the third inning to give the Orioles a 6-3 lead, but the Marlins came back with four runs in the fourth inning against relievers John Parrish and Mike DeJean.

The Orioles (11-15) didn't score again, as Pavano settled down to finish six innings, and the Marlins' bullpen did the rest.

WHO'S HOT

Larry Bigbie

Hit leadoff with Brian Roberts getting the day off, and went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases.

Miguel Tejada

Easy to forgive the base-running blunder when he has two more hits to raise his average to .400.

B.J. Ryan

Breezed through the eighth inning with two strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.80.

WHO'S NOT

Buddy Groom

Gave up a two-run homer to Abraham Nunez in the seventh inning, raising his ERA to a disturbing 8.30.

B.J. Surhoff

Grounded into two double plays and grounded out to end the game.

Jay Gibbons

Needed the home run to atone for dropping a routine fly ball in the first inning.

INJURY REPORT

Omar Daal will miss at least three months and may not pitch for the Orioles all season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery Tuesday. Head trainer Richie Bancells predicted it will be three months before Daal can begin a throwing program.

ARMS RACE

The Orioles limited Matt Riley to one inning so he could pitch again Saturday and get on track to start the fourth game of the season. Riley gave up a leadoff homer to Nunez and loaded the bases before getting the third out.

Orioles tonight

Exhibition opponent: New York Mets

Site: Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Time: 7:10

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

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