O's rally in the 7th to wash out Marlins

Orioles 7, Marlins 3 : Jupiter, Fla.


March 27, 2005|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Orioles scored five times in the seventh inning yesterday to take the lead, doing all their damage against Florida closer Guillermo Mota, and posted a 7-3 rain-shortened victory over the Marlins.

Both teams sat through a 2-hour, 50-minute delay after the second inning. Large puddles had to be removed from the outfield, but umpires deemed the conditions safe enough to continue. The Orioles ran out of pitching after 7 1/2 innings, and play was halted.

Catcher Sal Fasano singled to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the seventh. Brian Roberts, David Newhan, Keith Reed and Jay Gibbons also drove in runs.

Rick Bauer went the first two innings for the Orioles before his start was interrupted by the weather.

Bauer gave up one run, on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Delgado in the first inning. His counterpart, Josh Beckett, retired all six batters he faced.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on run-scoring singles by B.J. Surhoff and Gibbons, but the Marlins tied the game in the bottom half against Jay Witasick.

Who's hot

Rick Bauer: His numbers aren't overwhelming, but it's clear that pitching coach Ray Miller likes him for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Jay Gibbons: If he could just get all his strength back after battling pneumonia. He's only able to tear halfway through a phone book.

Sal Fasano: Drives in the go-ahead run. But what is this guy doing with a first baseman's mitt?

Who's not

The umpires: Waiting out a 2:50 rain delay for an exhibition game? Talk about slow water torture.

Jay Witasick: Credited with his second win, but it's a cheap one.

Injury report

Outfielder Larry Bigbie didn't make the trip because of a strained neck muscle, but he was scheduled to take batting practice in Fort Lauderdale. Bigbie, who hit off a tee Friday, said he'd definitely play today against the Minnesota Twins.

- Roch Kubatko

Orioles today

Opponent: Minnesota Twins

Site: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Time: 1:35 p.m.

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