Mets cruise as Maine stifles Orioles

Mets cruise as Maine stifles Orioles

at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Monday, March 24

Mets at the plate: Second baseman Luis Castillo was the only Met to rack up a hit in the first six innings, and he wound up with two of them. His second hit, an opposite-field flare to right field, scored the game's first run. Center fielder Brady Clark drew a walk in the third inning, and right fielder Ryan Church singled in the seventh.

Orioles at the plate: Baltimore didn't do much on offense Monday, and right fielder Nick Markakis was the only player to get a hit in the first six innings. Left fielder Luke Scott walked once and struck out once. Second baseman Brian Roberts struck out twice in his first three at-bats, and shortstop Luis Hernandez struck out and grounded out.

Mets on the mound: John Maine was all but unhittable for the road team, as he threw six innings of one-hit ball and struck out six batters. Maine kept the Orioles from even reaching scoring position and lowered his spring ERA to 1.85.

Orioles on the mound: Adam Loewen had perhaps his most impressive start of the spring season on Monday, when he worked through five innings and allowed just two hits. Loewen walked three batters and had three strikeouts. Jim Johnson and Jamie Walker both worked scoreless innings in relief.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 17-9-1; Orioles 8-14-2;

Mets up next: The Mets will take on the Braves in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. ET, and southpaw Jon Niese will start against Atlanta's Tim Hudson. New York is 9-4-1 at home so far during the Grapefruit League schedule.

Orioles up next: The Orioles will play their second-to-last home game of the Grapefruit League season on Thursday, as Jon Leicester will start against Florida southpaw Scott Olsen. The game will kick off at 1:05 p.m. ET, and Baltimore will play two road games and one home game after that before they head home to Camden Yards.

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