Mets march past Orioles

Mets march past Orioles

in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tuesday, March 20

Orioles at the plate: Brian Roberts led off the game with a first-pitch double off the wall and scored on a one-out double by Nick Markakis. Roberts and Melvin Mora had two hits each.

Mets at the plate: Shawn Green drove in the Mets' first run against Jaret Wright in the second with an infield out after Paul Lo Duca had the first of his two doubles. Jose Valentin drove in the second run with a triple, his sixth extra-base hit. Mike Pelfrey, in his first at-bat of the spring, advanced Valentin with a sacrifice bunt in the fifth against Ron Bell. Jose Reyes had his second spring triple in the seventh, followed by Carlos Beltran's third home run, off left-hander John Parrish. Five of the Mets' six hits were for extra bases.

Orioles on the mound: Wright, making his fourth start, walked three and allowed two hits and two runs in four innings. Bell struck out Beltran and retired Carlos Delgado with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Mets on the mound: Pelfrey withstood early resistance and had decent outing. Pitching inside more, he walked none and allowed seven hits, including two in the first when the Orioles scored their only run against him. He threw 72 pitches and completed his work with 18 more in the bullpen. He was pleased with his damage control. Jon Adkins threw a perfect sixth and Pedro Feliciano struck out the side in the seventh.

Grapefruit League records: Orioles 9-10-2; Mets 8-14-1.

Up next: Oliver Perez, coming off an impressive five-inning performance against the Red Sox last week, makes his fifth exhibition game start against the Dodgers at Vero Beach on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. He is to be followed by Ambiorix Burgos and Lino Urdaneta. Brad Penny pitches opposite Perez.

The Orioles play the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET, with Adam Loewen starting opposite Adam Wainwright.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.