O's 2, Marlins 2 (tie), 10 innings

March 08, 2007|By Roch Kubatko

Nasty stuff

Erik Bedard extended his scoreless-innings streak to five yesterday by blanking the Florida Marlins until Hayden Penn replaced him in the fourth. Bedard allowed one hit, a leadoff single by Josh Willingham in the second, and struck out four. Bedard has retired 15 of the 16 batters he's faced in two starts. "I felt OK," he said. "I was locating and throwing all my pitches for strikes."

Scraping for runs

Neither team scored until the seventh inning, when the floodgates opened. Melvin Mora singled, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Miguel Tejada. The Orioles had only one hit, a single by Ramon Hernandez in the second, when the inning began. They collected two more in the eighth, including Roger Cedeno's run-scoring single. But the Marlins scored once in the eighth off John Parrish and again in the ninth off Francis Beltran, and the Orioles played to a 2-2 tie for the second straight day.

Lumber in slumber

Kevin Millar had two at-bats through five innings before Jon Knott replaced him in left field. Millar didn't make the most of them, striking out and bouncing to third base. He's 1-for-12 this spring, though the one hit was a two-run double. And adding pain to insult, he fouled a ball off the side of his left foot yesterday. "It's just sore," he said. "It'll be bruised."

On deck

The Orioles remain on the road today, taking on the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie. Daniel Cabrera opposes Orlando Hernandez. Jim Hoey, Steve Green, Michael Doyne, Kurt Birkins and Jon Leicester also are scheduled to pitch for the Orioles.

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