Orioles 5, Red Sox 1

March 11, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Radhames Liz was denied a second start yesterday as Brian Bass was given the ball instead. Bass, now being considered for a rotation spot, pitched a respectable 2 2/3 innings, but it was Liz who turned in the best outing. The 25-year-old right-hander pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, and striking out two. He got some help as shortstop Blake Davis cut down Jed Lowrie, who was trying for an inside-the-park home run, for the second out in the fifth.


The Orioles didn't have a hit until Nick Markakis' two-out triple off Jonathan Papelbon in the fourth inning. They were kept off the scoreboard until the seventh when Oscar Salazar tied the game at 1 with a sacrifice fly to right field. This opened the floodgates as Justin Turner hit a two-run double in the seventh to secure the Orioles' first lead. Scott Moore continued his torrid spring with a two-run homer that cleared the bleachers in right field and put the Orioles ahead 5-1.


Right-hander David Pauley will make his third Grapefruit League start for the Orioles today against the Minnesota Twins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. George Sherrill, Jim Johnson, Matt Albers and Chris Waters are also scheduled to pitch for the home team. Glen Perkins will start for the Twins, who will also use All-Star closer Joe Nathan.

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