O's rally late, come up short
Penn struggles vs. Marlins, O's offense shows life
MARLINS 11, ORIOLES 6
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 26, 2009
Marlins at the plate: Leadoff man Emilio Bonifacio had a huge day, drilling a three-run triple in the second inning and a two-run single in the third. John Baker had two hits and drove in two runs. Three players -- Cody Ross, Dallas McPherson and Cameron Maybin -- reached twice and scored twice in the first three innings.
Orioles at the plate: Nick Markakis doubled in Baltimore's first run in the fourth inning, and Chad Moeller dumped a two-run single later in the inning to bring the Orioles closer. Adam Jones blasted a two-run home run into the screen beyond the left-field fence in the fifth inning. Jones also singled and doubled.Marlins on the mound: Anibal Sanchez blanked the Orioles for the first three innings -- during which his teammates gave him a 10-run lead -- but got knocked around later in the game. Sanchez allowed 12 hits and six earned runs, allowing Baltimore to crawl closer. Kiko Calero threw a scoreless inning. Orioles on the mound: Hayden Penn had a chance to state his case for the starting rotation, but he got buried beneath an avalanche of hits and runs. Penn got seven outs and was charged with seven earned runs. Closer George Sherrill allowed two earned runs, and Dennis Sarfate gave up one in his lone inning of work. Grapefruit League records: Marlins, 10-13-1; Orioles, 9-16 Up next: It's a battle of likely staff aces Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET in Jupiter, when the Orioles send Jeremy Guthrie to the hill for a rematch against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins. Guthrie has started just once for the Orioles since returning from the World Baseball Classic and appears to be in line to start Opening Day.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.