Jones blasts big homer in O's tie

Jones blasts big homer in O's tie

ORIOLES 4, DODGERS 4 (10 innings)
at Vero Beach, Fla.
Monday, March 3

Dodgers at the plate: Xavier Paul slugged a two-run homer and Andre Ethier tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with an RBI bloop single. Jeff Kent singled in a first-inning run. James Loney had a pair of doubles. Juan Pierre had two hits and two stolen bases. Rafael Furcal left the game early with tight hamstrings.

Orioles at the plate: Adam Jones homered off former Orioles prospect Matt Riley to break a 1-1 tie. Mike Constanzo homered in a two-run eighth inning, that included an RBI double by Ben Davis. Guillermo Quiroz's second-inning RBI single cashed in Scott Moore's leadoff double.

Dodgers on the mound: Starter Chad Billingsley, returning from a slight groin strain, pitched two innings in his first spring start, allowing one run on three hits. Jason Johnson pitched two scoreless innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam. Riley and Ramon Troncoso allowed solo home runs. Greg Jones, Jon Meloan and Brian Shackleford pitched scoreless innings.

Orioles on the mound: Starter Brian Burres allowed one run on four hits. Matt Albers, Randor Bierd, Dennis Sarfate, Greg Aquino and Rocky Cherry pitched scoreless innings. Esteban Yan allowed a two-run homer in the ninth and Craig Anderson allowed the game-tying single to Ethier.

Grapefruit League records: Dodgers 1-3-1; Orioles 3-1-1.

Up next: The Dodgers play a split-squad doubleheader on Tuesday against Washington. They travel to Viera for a day game, then host the Nationals in a night game at Vero Beach. In the day game, fifth-starter candidate Esteban Loaiza will open against Washington starter Matt Chico. In the night game, Hiroki Kuroda makes his second Spring start against Washington starter Jason Bergmann.

Also at Dodgertown, Yhency Brazoban is expected to make his first exhibition appearance after last year's shoulder surgery and struggling left-hander Greg Miller could return after being unable to retire any of five batters on Friday and working with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax on Sunday.

The Orioles host St. Louis on Tuesday with Adam Loewen, Jim Hoey and Ryan Bukcich opposing Anthony Reyes.

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