Cardinals 5, Orioles (ss) 1

March 29, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Getting robbed

The Orioles tried to score in the sixth inning yesterday with the St. Louis Cardinals leading 4-0 but were stopped at every turn. Kevin Millar led off with a line drive that a diving Aaron Miles caught. Adam Stern reached on an infield hit, but Tagg Bozied denied Brian Roberts with a lunging stop of a hard smash along the first base line. Bozied scurried to his feet and got the out, and the Orioles eventually lost, 5-1.

The lone run

It took until the eighth inning. Brandon Sing, summoned from the minor league camp so the Orioles would have enough bodies, hit a home run off Ryan Franklin to prevent a shutout. The Orioles didn't have much of a chance to rally in the ninth against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen. They sent up Paco Figueroa, Ruddy Yan and Oscar Salazar. Figueroa singled, but Yan grounded into a double play.

Orioles (ss) 2, Nationals (ss) 2

In Viera ...

The Orioles' split-squad team and a Washington Nationals split squad played to a 2-2 tie. Matt Cepicky, summoned from minor league camp, had three hits, including a double and a home run that gave the Orioles' a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning. Cepicky connected off John Patterson, Washington's Opening Day starter. Rob Bell started for the Orioles and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking two.

On deck

Florida behind them, the Orioles travel to Columbus, Ohio, today to play the Nationals. Daniel Cabrera will oppose Shawn Hill.

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