Uehara's strong debut not enough
Errors help O's fall as Marlins score three runs in third
MARLINS 3, ORIOLES 2
at Jupiter, Fla.
Friday, Feb. 27
Orioles at the plate: Held scoreless until the sixth inning, Baltimore got on the board when Matt Wieters doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chris Gomez's RBI groundout. Weiters, Felix Pie, Luke Scott and Gregg Zaun each had hits. Blake Davis doubled in a run in the ninth.
Orioles on the mound: Koji Uehara, Baltimore's first Japanese player, made his Grapefruit League debut. Showing control, 22 of his 33 pitchers were for strikes. The right-hander tossed two shutout innings, striking out three, while giving up one hit. He walked one, and the hit he allowed -- a single to Ross -- was a ball that was lost in the sun by left fielder Luke Scott. Former Marlins hurler Mark Hendrickson allowed three runs -- one earned -- in an inning of relief. Hayden Penn was impressive despite giving up two hits in his scoreless inning. He struck out three.
Marlins on the mound: A hard-throwing 22-year-old, Ryan Tucker threw two shutout innings in a starting role. The right-hander, in the mix to win a job in the bullpen, worked out of a little trouble in the first inning. Tucker showed a live arm but still must polish off his command. Of his 41 pitches, 20 were strikes. He walked two before striking out Ty Wigginton for the third out. Tucker struck out two, walked two and yielded one hit. Scott Proctor didn't give up a run, striking out one and walking one in one inning.
Grapefruit League record: Orioles 1-2, Marlins 1-1-1
Up next: These two teams are back at it against each other on Saturday, this time at Fort Lauderdale Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest. The Marlins will send Ricky Nolasco to the mound, while Jeremy Guthrie will start for the Orioles.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.