ORIOLES 4, METS 3
at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Friday, March 28
Mets at the plate:
Shortstop Jose Reyes had two hits, stole two bases and scored two runs. Third baseman David Wright singled once, drew a walk and drove in a run on a fielder's choice. First baseman Carlos Delgado walked once and drove in a run. Second baseman Luis Castillo walked once and grounded into a bases-loaded double play.
Orioles at the plate:
Left fielder Luke Scott singled and center fielder Adam Jones doubled in the third inning, but Jones got doubled off on a popup. Second baseman Brian Roberts drove Scott home with a two-out double. Scott doubled in the ninth and scored the tying run on Jay Payton's single. Payton scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Mets on the mound:
Orlando Hernandez fired five effective innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. The right-hander had only made one spring start prior to that outing but appears to be ready for the season. Mike Pelfrey coaxed a double-play grounder to escape a threat in the sixth inning and pitched effectively in the seventh.
Orioles on the mound:
Daniel Cabrera had another enigmatic outing, pitching five innings and walking five batters. Cabrera gave up three hits and two earned runs and left with his team trailing by one run. Matt Albers, who was named a swingman on Friday, pitched one scoreless inning and gave up a run in his second inning of work.
Grapefruit League records:
Mets 18-11-1; Orioles 10-16-2.
Up next for Mets:
New York will pack up and leave Florida on Friday, but only temporarily. The Mets are slated to play the White Sox on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn., for the Civil Rights Game, a matchup that pits John Maine against Chicago's Jose Contreras. After that, the Mets will return to Florida and will open up their season Monday against the Marlins.
Up next for Orioles:
The O's will wake up at home in Baltimore on Saturday, and they'll have an eventful day in front of them. The club will have its FanFest at Camden Yards in the morning and the Orioles will play the Nationals in Washington D.C. that night. Baltimore has a workout on Sunday and will kick off its season Monday against Tampa Bay.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.