Orioles top Phillies, 4-3

Matusz pitches 5 strong innings

March 15, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

SARASOTA, FLA. — - With bad news and another injury seemingly cropping up on a daily basis, starter Brian Matusz finally gave the Orioles something to feel good about.

Facing very close to what will be the defending National League champions' Opening Day lineup, Matusz held the Philadelphia Phillies to one run in five strong innings of the Orioles' 4-3 victory Sunday in front of a sun-splashed announced crowd of 8,092.

The biggest crowd for a baseball game at Ed Smith Stadium watched the Orioles win for just the third time in 11 chances this spring.

In the longest outing for an Orioles starter this spring, Matusz allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out two.

"I was really pleased," said Matusz, who has 12 strikeouts and no walks in nine innings this spring. "I didn't know what their lineup was going to be. I was warming up in the bullpen and they were reading the roster and I'm thinking, 'That's everyone. Looks like they brought their whole team.' I got a little bit amped up."

Chase Utley drove in the Phillies' only run off Matusz in the fourth with a one-out single that scored Jimmy Rollins, who had hit a leadoff double.

After being shut out for four innings by Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick, the Orioles scored three times in the fifth off left-hander Sergio Escalona. Josh Bell drew a one-out walk and Chad Moeller and Robert Andino hit back-to-back doubles. Cesar Izturis gave the Orioles the 2-1 lead with a groundout, and Andino scored from third on a wild pitch.

The Phillies tied the game in the seventh, scoring two runs off Jim Johnson, who allowed three hits, walked a batter and hit a batter with the bases loaded. However, in the bottom of the inning, the Orioles took the lead on Adam Jones' sacrifice fly that scored Andino.

Jones, Andino and Nick Markakis each had two hits for the Orioles.

On deck
Brad Bergesen and Chris Tillman, who will likely break training camp as the Orioles' fourth and fifth starters, respectively, will pitch this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Tim Wakefield is the scheduled starter for the home team, and lefties Brian Shouse, Hideki Okajima and closer Jonathan Papelbon are also expected to pitch for the Red Sox.

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