Orioles fall to Marlins, 5-2

Guthrie bounces back, Jones homers in loss

March 24, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

JUPITER, Fla. — — Center fielder Adam Jones homered in the first inning Tuesday, but the Orioles' offense was not heard from again until the final throes of a 5-2 loss to the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jones' third home run of the Grapefruit League season allowed Jeremy Guthrie to take the mound with a lead, but Guthrie gave up a run in each of his first two innings before settling down to throw 91 pitches in a bounce-back performance after getting knocked around in his previous two starts.

Guthrie entered the game with a 9.28 ERA after allowing 10 earned runs in his previous 6 1/3 innings but whittled it to 7.47 with a five-inning performance in which he allowed six hits and two walks and hit a batter.

"I thought it was a little better," Guthrie said. "I was more consistently down in the zone. When I get in trouble, it's because I make poor pitches in the zone."

The offensive inconsistency remains problematic. The Orioles have scored just 74 runs in 20 games, or 3.6 per game. They appeared to be starting fast, with four hits in the first two innings, but didn't make another dent until the ninth, when they scored a run and loaded the bases to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.

Robert Andino, representing the potential winning run, hit a drive that was caught at the fence.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits. He reached base in both plate appearances and drove in the go-ahead run in the second inning.

On deck
Former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill will face his old teammates at 1:05 p.m. today at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. It'll be interesting to see what Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has done with Hill, who was erratic and injury-prone in his only season with the Orioles. Brian Matusz will start for the Orioles. Jim Johnson, Will Ohman and Mike Gonzalez will also take the mound.

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