03/29/07 8:15 PM ET
Cabrera mows down Nationals in tie
Orioles right-hander fans seven over four shutout frames
By Stephanie Storm / Special to MLB.com
at Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, March 29 Orioles at the plate: Baltimore struck first with an unearned run in the second inning, aided by a pair of Washington errors. Aubrey Huff scored from third base on a wild throw to first by starting pitcher Shawn Hill. Baltimore pushed its lead to 3-0 with four consecutive hits that produced a pair of runs in the fifth. Melvin Mora collected the key hit, a two-run single.
Nationals at the plate: Washington erased Baltimore's shutout bid, tying the game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. The first two runs were unearned, coming on a wild pitch and a two-base error. Washington scored its third run the old-fashioned way on a hit by Kory Casto.
Orioles on the mound: In his final exhibition start, starter Daniel Cabrera struck out seven in just four innings while limiting the Nationals to three hits. All three of Washington's runs in the seventh came against right-handed reliever Danys Baez.
Nationals on the mound: Starter Shawn Hill pitched seven solid innings, scattering eight hits and a total of three runs (two earned). Four relievers shut out the Orioles the rest of the way until the game was called after the 10th inning.
Up next: Washington and Baltimore meet again on Friday at 2:05 p.m. ET at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va., the new Triple-A home of the Orioles. Left-hander Matt Chico gets the call for Washington, while right-hander Jaret Wright takes the mound for Baltimore.
Stephanie Storm is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.