Spring Training : Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Orioles 4, Mets 1

April 02, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

In their final exhibition game in Florida, the Orioles scored twice off Tom Glavine in the first inning and Brian Roberts came within a triple of hitting for the cycle in a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets last night.

Roberts and Melvin Mora opened the first inning with consecutive doubles, giving the Orioles (12-15) a 1-0 lead, and Javy Lopez singled with one out.

Miguel Tejada delivered another run in the fifth on a groundout after singles by Roberts and Mora. Roberts homered in the seventh off Ricky Bottalico.

Left-hander Eric DuBose allowed two hits and walked none in 3 2/3 scoreless innings before manager Lee Mazzilli replaced him with Rodrigo Lopez. DuBose will make Tuesday's start against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. He was taken out after 40 pitches.

"It was a tune-up. That's it," Mazzilli said. "Today, he had great stuff. He was just going to go three innings, but he didn't throw a lot of pitches. I could have left him out there, but I wanted to bring Rodrigo in during the middle of an inning."

Ty Wigginton accounted for the Mets' run in the fifth with a homer off Lopez.

WHO'S HOT

Eric DuBose

Forget his pitching. How about that second-inning single?

Brian Roberts

Mazzilli still envisions using Roberts as a DH when Jerry Hairston comes off the disabled list. No trade necessary.

WHO'S NOT

Miguel Tejada

Actually went an entire game without a hit. Is Deivi Cruz still available?

Geronimo Gil

Going so bad this spring, he couldn't even get on the disabled list.

Clay Bellinger

Versatile enough to play just about anywhere. Too bad for him that also includes Ottawa.

INJURY REPORT

An X-ray didn't reveal any damage to Gil's left ring finger, and he's expected to report to the minor league camp in Sarasota, Fla., within a few days.

ARMS RACE

DuBose was going to be the No. 2 starter, no matter what happened last night. He struck out four and was pulled after 40 pitches. No. 3 starter Kurt Ainsworth will pitch in a minor league game today in Sarasota.

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