at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Thursday, March 20
Orioles at the plate: Though Aubrey Huff and Scott Moore each singled twice off Mets starter Johan Santana, the rest of the Orioles could do little against the lefty. Shortstop Luis Hernandez was the only other Oriole to touch Santana, hitting a double in the third.
Mets at the plate: The Mets consistently put men on base against Orioles starter Jon Leicester, though only two of those runners -- Jose Reyes in the first and Santana in the second -- crossed the plate. Santana's run came after the former American League hurler drilled a double into the gap in right-center field, good for his first hit of the spring. The Mets broke the game open in the eighth inning, when Gustavo Molina and Fernando Tatis each hit two-run doubles.
Orioles on the mound: Leicester pitched into the fourth inning for the first time this spring, allowing two runs on six hits and four walks. More impressive was reliever Greg Aquino, who inherited two runners and stranded them both, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in total. Aquino lowered his spring ERA to 2.16.
Mets on the mound: Seven strikeouts highlighted Santana's strongest Grapefruit League outing to date, and five hits were the only blemishes on his otherwise spotless night. Santana didn't allow a run, and walked only one Orioles batter. Reliever Duaner Sanchez, in his second appearance of the week, pitched one shutout inning.
Grapefruit League records: Orioles 8-11-2, Mets 15-7-1
Up next for the Orioles: The Orioles trek back up Florida's east coast on Friday, with Jeremy Guthrie looking to continue his strong spring against the Cardinals. Over his past two outings, Guthrie has allowed one run in seven innings. He'll start Friday's 1:05 p.m. ET game in Jupiter, Fla., opposite Cards ace Adam Wainwright.
Up next for the Mets: Pedro Martinez will make his second Grapefruit League start on Friday, after shining in his first outing last week. He'll continue to work on his endurance in a 1:10 p.m. ET game against the Nationals, with relievers Matt Wise, Pedro Feliciano and Scott Schoeneweis also scheduled to pitch. Lefty Matt Chico will start for the Nats in place of John Patterson, who was cut from the roster on Thursday.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less