04/02/09 4:05 PM ET
Orioles can't stop Mets in Florida finale
Early eight-run lead slips away as Eaton has rough outing
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Thursday, April 2
Orioles at the plate: Scott Moore and Jolbert Cabrera had two hits apiece in their first two at-bats, each of them driving home a run in the second. An inning earlier, Oscar Salazar doubled home a run on a ball that Carlos Beltran nearly caught. And in the fourth, Luke Scott gave the Orioles an eight-run lead when he blasted a two-run homer.
Mets at the plate: After leaving five runners on base over the first three innings, the Mets were able to break through in the fourth, when pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis doubled home two runs, Jose Reyes tripled in another and Daniel Murphy singled in a fourth. Brian Schneider then hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Ramon Castro belted a two-run homer in the seventh, and then drove in the winning run in the ninth after Alex Cora tied the game.
Orioles on the mound: Adam Eaton, still not completely sure where he will fit into the team's plans, loaded the bases with two outs in the second, but retired Mets starter Mike Pelfrey to end the threat. He then allowed two hits in the third inning, emerging from that unscathed, as well. But Eaton's line soured when he allowed five runs over the next two innings.
Mets on the mound: Pelfrey struggled early and didn't pitch late, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in four innings. The outing was his first since a rainstorm limited him to just 13 pitches last Sunday, which he said may have affected his sharpness. Nelson Figueroa got the win, his first of the spring, after working a scoreless ninth.
Grapefruit League records: Orioles 12-20; Mets 17-14
Up next: Done with Florida, the Orioles will now head to Norfolk, Va., for an exhibition game on Friday against the Nationals. Koji Uehara will pitch for the Orioles in a 3:30 p.m. ET start, opposite familiar face Daniel Cabrera. The two teams will then head north to Nationals Park for another exhibition on Saturday afternoon.
After Thursday's final out, the Mets hopped a plane to Queens, where they will play exhibition games against the Red Sox at Citi Field on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Livan Hernandez will become the first Major League player to throw a pitch at the new park in Friday's game against Boston at 6:10 ET, opposite left-hander Jon Lester. Oliver Perez and John Maine will face Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Saturday game.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.