Marlins 0

(1-5, 1-3 away)

Orioles 5

(3-2, 1-2 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 7, 2005

    Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

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    BAL 00201002 - 5 - -

    Baltimore 5, Florida 0

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- James Baldwin pitched four innings of three-hit ball as a late replacement for starter Sidney Ponson, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Florida Marlins 5-0 Monday.

    Ponson was scratched from his outing because of visa problems related to his pending court case in Aruba. He cannot pitch in a game in which admission is charged because he does not have a work visa.

    Informed during morning drills that he would replace Ponson as the Baltimore starter, Baldwin mowed down the Marlins without allowing a runner past second base. He walked one and struck out one.

    Baldwin pitched in only two games in the majors last year while compiling a 15.00 ERA with the New York Mets. He hopes to buck long odds by breaking into Baltimore's starting rotation with a minor league contract.

    The right-hander has yet to allow an earned run in six innings this spring.

    "It's still early," he said. "All I'm here for is to just go out there, get my innings in and make it a tough decision for them."

    The Orioles received a scare when Florida's Alex Gonzalez hit a line drive off the left arm of Matt Riley, who slumped to the ground after instinctively throwing the ball to first. Fortunately, the left-hander escaped with nothing more than a bruise.

    Sammy Sosa went 0-for-1 with a walk for the Orioles.

    Baltimore took a 2-0 lead against Marlins starter Al Leiter in the third. Enrique Wilson hit a leadoff double and Chris Gomez walked before both runners moved up on a two-strike bunt by David Newhan. Wilson scored on a sacrifice fly by Larry Bigbie and Gomez came in on a wild pitch.

    Leiter allowed two runs and two hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out two.

    Midre Cummings and Sal Fasano hit successive homers in the eighth off Florida's Todd Jones to complete the scoring.

    Game notes

    Orioles starters have not allowed a run in their last 13 innings. ... Florida has lost two of three to Baltimore this spring and fell to 1-5 overall.

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