Marlins 5, Orioles 3

March 28, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

The elements

Orioles starter Steve Trachsel allowed two runs in six innings yesterday and left with a lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it in a 5-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in Fort Lauderdale. Trachsel, tagged for nine hits, lowered his ERA to 4.70. He blamed the high winds for an ineffective curveball.

Slow climb

Sluggish at the plate for most of the spring, center fielder Corey Patterson is trying to make a late push toward respectability. Patterson hit two doubles and raised his average to .220. He also drove in a run and scored once.

Near trifecta

Three runners attempted to steal on Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez in the second inning. The first two didn't make it. Aaron Boone broke for second, tried to get back to first and was tagged out. That goes down as a caught stealing. Hernandez caught Alex Sanchez for the second out. He would have gotten the hat trick after Hanley Ramirez singled, but Brian Roberts dropped the ball while trying to make the tag. Hernandez spun around in mock frustration, then glanced into the Orioles' dugout and smiled.

On deck

The Orioles will play their last Florida exhibition game today before breaking camp, taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Lauderdale. Erik Bedard will oppose Brandon Looper. The Orioles also will play a split-squad game against the Washington Nationals in Viera, with Rob Bell facing John Patterson. Jon Leicester, Nick McCurdy, Tim Kester and Jim Miller also will be summoned from minor league camp to pitch for the Orioles.

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