Tough day for Uehara, O's bullpen
Wigginton hits first spring homer in defeat to Mets
METS 9, ORIOLES 8
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Monday, March 9
Orioles at the plate: Ty Wigginton, the one-time Met, hit a two-run home run in the first inning, when the Orioles scored three times against Brandon Knight. Wigginton drove in another run later. Lou Montanez had three hits, one a double, and two RBIs. Ryan Freel and Jolbert Cabrera had two hits each.
Mets at the plate: Jeremy Reed drove in Ryan Church with a single in the second, and Luis Castillo followed with a two-run single that tied the score at 3. Daniel Murphy had two hits, and Marlon Anderson continued making solid contact. If not for a sensational throw to the plate from center field by Adam Jones, Jose Valentin would have had two RBIs. As it was, he had one and two hits. Nick Evans delivered a pinch-hit grand slam to tie the game in the eighth, and Rene Rivera hit a walk-off homer with one out in the ninth.
Orioles on the mound: Koji Uehara started and allowed three runs in his second inning. He walked two and allowed four hits. Closer George Sherrill pitched the fourth inning and allowed a run on three hits.
Mets on the mound: Taking the place of injured Mike Pelfrey, Knight threw two innings, allowing four hits and three runs. Duaner Sanchez allowed three hit, a walk and one run in his one inning. The O's scored three runs, two earned, in the 1 2/3 innings Casey Fossum pitched.
Grapefruit League records: Mets 5-6; Orioles 6-5.
Up next: The Mets travel to Viera, Fla., for the third time in eight days to face the Nationals on Tuesday. John Maine is to make his second appearance and will probably pitch three innings. Sanchez is expected to pitch on successive days, a rarity at this point of camp. Jordan Zimmermann will start for Washington, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. ET.
The Orioles are to travel to Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday to play the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Brian Bass starts for Baltimore opposite Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.