Red Sox 3, Orioles 2

March 24, 2007|By DAN CONNOLLY

Tough wind

Bright sunshine and swirling wind combined to make it an interesting day for outfielders. Orioles center fielder Adam Stern lost track of a routine fly in center in the ninth that allowed the game-winning run to reach base in Boston's 3-2 win in Fort Myers. Former Oriole Alex Ochoa made it to second on the dropped ball, and then he scored on Kevin Cash's one-out single against Steve Green.

Nice grab

Left fielder Freddie Bynum also had a bout with the wind, but he turned it into a highlight-reel catch. J.D. Drew hit a pitch off Erik Bedard in the fifth that looked like it might leave the park. But Bynum leaped at the wall and snagged the ball before crashing to the ground. It might have helped his chances in making the team in a utility role.

"The [utility] guy we have might have to be an outfielder and maybe a left fielder, so we made a concerted effort to start getting [Bynum] out there," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "And he made a real nice play for us."

Doubling up

The Orioles scored their only two runs off Boston ace Curt Schilling with consecutive doubles to the left-center gap by DH Jay Gibbons and Kevin Millar, who was playing first base for the first time in a week. Gibbons' hit drove in Miguel Tejada, who had reached on an infield single.

On deck

The Orioles technically get a brief respite from a seven-day road swing with a home contest today against the Los Angeles Dodgers with Daniel Cabrera pitching. But it's a split-squad day, so pitcher Hayden Penn, among others, will be driving 90 miles to Port St. Lucie to face the New York Mets. The Orioles have only two more games in Fort Lauderdale after today, and end with a brutal stretch that includes games in Viera, Columbus, Ohio, Norfolk, Va., and Washington before leaving for Minnesota for the season opener. "I don't think you could have written a script worse than that," Perlozzo said.

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