For Orioles, no relief from Reed in tie

Orioles 5, Red Sox 5 : FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.

Baseball

March 25, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Boston Red Sox scored four runs off Orioles reliever Steve Reed in the seventh inning to wipe out a 5-1 deficit yesterday, and the teams played to a 5-5 tie.

Reed, who has been receiving treatment for a "kink" in his right shoulder, was making his first appearance since March 16.

Daniel Cabrera held the Red Sox to one unearned run over 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a single and stolen base by Brian Roberts, a balk on Red Sox starter Jon Papelbon and a sacrifice fly by Miguel Tejada. But Boston tied the game in the second on a sacrifice by Jay Payton after first baseman Jay Gibbons' fielding error.

Luis Matos homered in the third for his team-leading 10th RBI. The Orioles scored twice in the fourth on Rafael Palmeiro's RBI single and Javy Lopez's sacrifice fly, and their lead increased to 5-1 in the fifth when Matos singled and later scored on Gibbons' double-play grounder.

The Orioles went 3-0-1 against the defending World Series champions.

Who's hot

Sammy Sosa: He shaved before the game. No need for the inside fastball.

Daniel Cabrera: Three earned runs in 17 innings this spring for a 1.59 ERA. A likely No. 4 starter for now, but he's developing ace stuff.

Luis Matos: Two hits, a stolen base, two runs scored and a diving catch in center field. One more week of exhibition games and he can begin the season healthy.

B.J. Surhoff: Cut off a ball along the left-field line and made a running catch in left-center in the same inning.

Who's not

Steve Reed: The man who never ices his shoulder has been packed in the stuff like an Omaha Steaks delivery.

Injury report

Reliever Todd Williams was absent because of flu-like symptoms. ... Reliever Jay Witasick left the ballpark and sought medical treatment for the same problem, but he returned and pitched two-thirds of an inning. ... Larry Bigbie missed his third game because of a strained muscle in his neck.

Sammy Sosa watch

Somebody stole Sosa's glove before the game. He also took a few steps toward Red Sox starter Jon Papelbon in the fourth after leaning to avoid an inside fastball. Two pitches later, Sosa lined a double down the left-field line.

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