Huff has big day in O's victory
Orioles first baseman drives in three runs in game vs. Marlins
ORIOLES 4, MARLINS 2
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Marlins at the plate: First baseman Wes Helms notched three of his team's hits on Saturday, accounting for two singles and a double. Left fielder Jeremy Hermida scored Florida's first run on a line-drive homer to right field. Center fielder Cameron Maybin reached on a single, but he was erased after turning too far around first.Orioles at the plate: Third baseman Melvin Mora and right fielder Nick Markakis both reached on doubles that Hermida appeared to lose in the sun. First baseman Aubrey Huff had three hits -- two for singles and one for a double -- and drove in three runs. Mora drove in Baltimore's only other run in the first six innings.
Marlins on the mound: Ricky Nolasco was betrayed by his defense on Saturday, with two fly balls going over Hermida's head and one botched ground ball by second baseman Alfredo Amezaga. Nolasco allowed five hits and three earned runs, then Josh Johnson picked up and fired three scoreless innings.Orioles on the mound: Staff ace Jeremy Guthrie briefly struggled in the first inning but got two straight fly balls to strand two baserunners. He allowed a hit in each of the first two innings but didn't allow another runner to reach scoring position. Radhames Liz pitched two innings and allowed Hermida's solo homer. Grapefruit League records: Marlins 1-2-1; Orioles 2-2 Up next: The Marlins will play against the Cardinals at their shared complex in Jupiter on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, and starters Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller are both expected to pitch. The Orioles, meanwhile, will travel to Viera to take on the Nationals at 1:05 p.m., pitting Rich Hill against Washington's Scott Olsen. Hill, a favorite to seal a rotation berth, will be making his first appearance for Baltimore and top prospect Matt Wieters will catch him.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.