Mets 6, Orioles 1

March 21, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Wright is off

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo wanted Jaret Wright to get through four innings last night against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the right-hander accomplished that, though it wasn't always easy. Wright allowed two runs on two hits, recording three walks and three strikeouts. He gave up a run-scoring groundout to Shawn Green in the second, scoring Moises Alou, who got on thanks to a one-out walk. Jose Valentin added an RBI triple later that inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Orioles lost to the Mets, 6-1, at Tradition Field. "I threw some good pitches and I threw some bad ones, but I am right where I want to be," Wright said.

Walk this way

Nothing drives Perlozzo and pitching coach Leo Mazzone nuts more than watching their pitchers issue walks. Needless to say, they were uneasy at times watching last night's game, in which the Orioles allowed six walks.

Providing a spark

The Orioles' only night game of the spring started at 7:09, and seconds later, Brian Roberts was standing on second base. Roberts slammed Mets starter Mike Pelfrey's first pitch off the right-field wall. It was part of a strong game by Roberts, who added a single and made a great play in the hole to throw out the speedy Jose Reyes in the first.

On deck

The Orioles will take on the reigning World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals today in Jupiter. Left-hander Adam Loewen will start for the Orioles opposite the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright. Danys Baez, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker also are expected to pitch for the Orioles.

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