Bedard, Sosa lead O's by Cards

Orioles 5, Cardinals 3 : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

March 14, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Erik Bedard became the first Orioles pitcher to go more than four innings this spring, and Sammy Sosa hit his second home run yesterday in a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bedard reached his pitch count after 4 2/3 innings, leaving with a 4-0 lead. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out six.

"He had a good fastball and breaking ball," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He kept everything down. It was very impressive."

Sosa hit an opposite-field, bases-empty homer off Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes leading off the second inning. He began the day batting .176 with two RBIs.

Melvin Mora hit a two-out double in the first and scored on Miguel Tejada's single. B.J. Surhoff and Midre Cummings had RBI doubles in the fourth.

Minor league infielder Napoleon Calzado replaced Mora at third base and drove in a fifth-inning run with a fielder's choice grounder.

Reliever Eddy Rodriguez gave up a bases-empty homer to Scott Rolen in the sixth, and the Cardinals scored twice off Tony Saunders in the seventh.

Who's hot

Erik Bedard: Two earned runs allowed in 10 1/3 innings this spring.

B.J. Surhoff: Back from a groin injury, Surhoff reached on a bloop double and a ground ball that ricocheted off second base and bounced into center field for a single. It was enough to almost make him smile.

Midre Cummings: Once a legitimate outfield prospect, Cummings shows flashes of talent that once suggested a long and productive major league career.

Rick Dempsey: Coaching third base while Tom Trebelhorn managed the split-squad team in Viera, Fla., Dempsey twice held runners rather than risk an out, or an injury, at the plate. A little restraint goes a long way.

Who's not

Tim Raines Jr.: Still looking for that first hit after 12 at-bats, but he made a great over-the-shoulder catch in deep center to end the game.

Jacobo Sequea: Doesn't get in a game and is optioned. Guess the team no longer needed a warm body.

Injury report

X-rays taken on catcher Javy Lopez's right ring finger were negative. He was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Sal Fasano. ... The flu bug is making the rounds in the Orioles' clubhouse. Jay Gibbons was excused from the Viera trip, and Lopez also has been stricken. Miguel Tejada had symptoms a few days ago. ... Surhoff, who was bothered by a strained right groin, returned to the lineup.

Orioles today

Opponent: Boston Red Sox

Site: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Radio: 1090 AM

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