Sub Gibbons gets 4 hits to defeat Mets

Orioles 8, Mets 2 : Fort Lauderdale, Fla

March 11, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Filling in for injured designated hitter B.J. Surhoff, Jay Gibbons went 4-for-4 with his first home run in the Orioles' 8-2 win over the New York Mets.

Larry Bigbie also homered for the Orioles, who improved to 4-3 this spring. Javy Lopez drove in two runs with a double, and David Newhan added a two-run triple.

Left-hander Bruce Chen turned in three scoreless innings after replacing starter Rodrigo Lopez, who allowed two runs in the first inning. Lopez gave up four hits and walked three in three innings.

The Orioles trailed 2-0 before striking for six runs in the fourth - five of them charged to Mets starter Steve Trachsel. Gibbons' homer came in the eighth against former Oriole Mike DeJean and accounted for the last two runs.

Todd Williams, Steve Kline and B.J. Ryan each pitched a scoreless inning.

Who's hot

Jay Gibbons: He's now 8-for-17 this spring. Who needs Carlos Delgado?

Bruce Chen: Could he bump Matt Riley from the fifth spot in the rotation? Or is he just teasing yet another organization?

Rafael Palmeiro: Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, and would have collected another hit if first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz hadn't robbed him with a diving stop along the line. The swing is forever sweet.

Peter Angelos: The man picks up a phone and Sidney Ponson has a proper work visa. Coincidence? Doubt it.

Who's not

Chris Gomez: An 0-for-4 looks a lot worse when Enrique Wilson is batting .462.

Miguel Tejada: He's 2-for-17, and at least one scout has noted the extra poundage. He also had a tough day in the field. But none of this will matter once the games count.

Carlos Beltran: Mets fans decided not to wait until re-entering Shea Stadium to begin booing him. Tough crowd.

Injury report

B.J. Surhoff was scratched because of a strained groin muscle that's not considered serious.

Sammy Sosa watch

Won over the crowd again by tossing baseballs into the stands during batting practice, making them more forgiving over an 0-for-3 day. Still insists he hasn't spoken to his agent about the subpoena. You'd think the topic would have come up by now.

Orioles today Opponent: Florida Marlins Site: Jupiter, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

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