FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Rafael Palmeiro hit a two-run homer
off Antonio Alfonseca with two outs in the bottom of the ninth,
capping a comeback that lifted the Baltimore Orioles past the
Florida Marlins 7-6 Monday.
Baltimore trailed 5-0 in the third inning and 6-4 in the ninth
before rallying against Alfonseca, who entered with an 0.82 ERA.
After a sacrifice fly by Sammy Sosa got the Orioles within a
run, Palmeiro hit the next pitch into the right-field bleachers.
"This team is capable of doing that," Baltimore manager Lee
Mazzilli said. "You stay close, and you can get two or three real
Baltimore's Erik Bedard, the third starter in the rotation,
allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, a performance that
raised his ERA from 2.11 to 3.71. The left-hander gave up only one
hit in the first two innings before the Marlins collected six hits
in the third.
After Aguila led off with a solo shot, three of the next four
batters singled before Delgado homered to center. His third homer
of the spring gave him 10 RBI, tied for the club lead with Miguel
Cabrera, who hit an RBI single in the inning.
Bedard had allowed only five earned runs in his previous five
"I thought Bedard had a very good game today. A couple of those
balls got caught up in the wind, but I liked what I saw out of
him," Mazzilli said.
A.J. Burnett, who has been designated as the third starter in
the Marlins' rotation, gave up two earned runs and nine hits in six
innings. He walked three and struck out six.