O's are taken deep in loss to Dodgers

Dodgers 7, Orioles 5 : Vero Beach, Fla.

Baseball

March 17, 2005|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF

The Orioles took a three-run lead into the fifth inning yesterday before the Los Angeles Dodgers and a swirling wind that Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli joked was "100 mph" combined for four homers in the Dodgers' 7-5 win.

All seven of Los Angeles' runs scored on home runs.

Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer off Matt Riley in the fifth to bring the Dodgers within one run, and Milton Bradley and Norihiro Nakamura added back-to-back shots against James Baldwin to give Los Angeles the lead in the sixth.

Steve Reed gave up a three-run home run in the eighth to Mike Edwards to complete the scoring for Los Angeles.

The Orioles mounted a late comeback when Enrique Wilson hit the day's fifth home run, a two-run line drive over the right-field fence off Aquilino Lopez.

But after allowing another hit, Lopez recorded the last out to preserve the win.

The outcome spoiled a near-perfect three innings by Orioles starter Eric DuBose, who is fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation. DuBose allowed no hits and walked one in three innings.

Who's hot

Enrique Wilson: Battling with Chris Gomez and Chris Stynes for the backup utility infielder's job, Wilson won't stop hitting. He is batting .371 and leads the team in at-bats, hits, runs scored and RBIs. And he knows Mazzilli from their days together in New York.

Eric DuBose: Lee Mazzilli said he had heard DuBose was healthy coming into spring but wanted to see for himself. He saw plenty yesterday. After allowing five runs in his first five innings this spring, DuBose shut down the Dodgers with an array of pitches, including a sharp-breaking curveball.

Who's not

Steve Reed: The sidearmer gave up three hits in one inning yesterday, including a three-run homer by Mike Edwards. The winds get an assist, but Edwards' shot left no doubt.

Larry Bigbie: He went hitless in four tries and now has just four hits in 33 at-bats.

Injury report

Jay Gibbons was again excused from camp because of the flu ... Melvin Mora, also battling the flu, was back in the lineup after missing two games. He had two hits and drove in a run in four at-bats.

Orioles today

Opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Jupiter, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

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