New York scores 3 in 7th to break tie

Mets 7, Orioles 4 : Port St. Lucie, Fla.

March 09, 2005|By ROCH KUBATKO

Kerry Robinson singled with two outs in the seventh inning to score two runs and break a tie, and the New York Mets defeated the Orioles, 7-4, yesterday.

Robinson's single came off Rick Bauer, who replaced starter Erik Bedard with two outs in the third. Bauer allowed only one hit and no runs going into the seventh.

Ramon Castro followed Robinson's single with an RBI double to increase the Mets' lead to 6-3, and Ron Calloway added a run-scoring single off Jay Witasick in the eighth.

Bedard was charged with two earned runs (three overall) in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and threw 61 pitches, but he also concentrated on refining his changeup, an effective pitch yesterday.

Sammy Sosa reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 3-3, in the sixth.

The Orioles strung together three straight two-out hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Miguel Tejada, Sosa and Javy Lopez each singled off Mets starter Kris Benson.

The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the first on a single, error and Mike Piazza's sacrifice fly. They went ahead, 3-1, in the third with run-scoring doubles from Piazza and David Wright.

Who's hot

Javy Lopez: Was 1-for-12 before collecting two hits and driving in his first run.

Enrique Wilson: Had three singles, an RBI and a run as the starter at second base, and is making manager Lee Mazzilli's decision on a utility infielder a little harder than expected. "It won't be a quick one, I can tell you that," Mazzilli said.

Who's not

Erik Bedard: According to his line, he didn't look much like a No. 3 starter. Would look more like a No. 1 if he was having visa problems.

Larry Bigbie: His 0-for-4 included a failed sacrifice bunt with the score tied in the seventh. He's 2-for-16 this spring.

Injury report

Brian Roberts missed his third straight game with a strained right shoulder, and he's not expected to make today's trip to Fort Myers, Fla. ... Matt Riley had full range of motion in his left arm and only a slight bruise after being hit by a line drive Monday. He'll try to play catch today. ... Melvin Mora was scratched from yesterday's trip because of flu-like symptoms, but he worked out at the complex.

Orioles today

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Site: Fort Myers, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

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