Rally fizzles as Parrish allows first run



The Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to tie yesterday's game against St. Louis, but John Mabry singled in the sixth off reliever John Parrish to score Scott Seabol and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory.

Parrish hadn't allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings before Seabol led off the inning with an infield hit and took second on a wild pitch. Mabry singled, and the Cardinals held on.

Rodrigo Lopez allowed two runs in the first inning and two more in the second - one of them unearned - as the Orioles fell behind 4-0. The second inning was especially sloppy, with catcher Geronimo Gil throwing the ball into center field on a steal and Lopez firing wide of first base after fielding a bunt.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter shut out the Orioles on five hits over four innings, but they sent nine batters to the plate against Jason Isringhausen in the fifth and scored four times.

Luis Matos had an RBI single after David Newhan singled with one out, stole second and took third on an error. Matos went 3-for-5 while batting second in the lineup.

Rafael Palmeiro had a two-run single after Miguel Tejada doubled, and Enrique Wilson drove in Palmeiro with a bloop single.

Who's hot

Luis Matos: If he hits enough, and stays in one piece, the center-field job should be his.

Rafael Palmeiro: With both of his sons serving as batboys, Palmeiro showed them how to swing the lumber in the fifth inning.

B.J. Surhoff: No longer slowed by a strained groin muscle, Surhoff had two more hits and is 6-for-13 this spring. Might not be a starter on Opening Day, but he'll force his way into the lineup at some point. He always does.

David Newhan: Moved to first base after starting in left field, and had two hits. Does everything but sweep up the dugout after games.

Who's not

Ed Rogers: Once compared to Alex Rodriguez by some overzealous club executives, E-Rog struck out in the ninth with the tying run on base. At least he survived the first few rounds of cuts.

John Parrish: Bound to give up a run sooner or later.

Chris Stynes: Goes 0-for-3 and watches potential two-run homer die at the fence. Are his chances of making the team going with it?

Sosa watch

Sammy Sosa singled in the first inning and popped up in the third and fifth.

Orioles today

Opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers

Site: Vero Beach, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

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