Matusz dazzles in Orioles' win over Phillies

Starter no-hits Philadelphia in 5 1/3 innings

March 19, 2010|By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com

Brian Matusz may not realize that the Philadelphia Phillies are the National League's best team.

For the second consecutive Grapefruit League outing, Matusz baffled the NL champions, this time no-hitting them through 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 2-0 win.

Relievers Will Ohman and Jim Johnson kept the no-hitter going until the bottom of the eighth when John Mayberry Jr. singled off Dennis Sarfate with one out.

Matusz allowed two walks and struck out six Friday night, building on his impressive spring resume. He lowered his ERA to 2.51 while walking two and striking out 18 batters in 14 1/3 innings.

Last Sunday, Matusz limited the Phillies to three hits and one run in five innings.

It was a scoreless tie heading into the fifth before the Orioles scored twice on productive outs against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick.

Jeff Salazar had a RBI groundout and Robert Andino added a sacrifice fly.

The Orioles improved their spring record to 6-10.

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