Final in 10

Marlins 6

(8-18, 5-10 away)

Orioles 7

(12-10, 6-6 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

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    Baltimore 7, Florida 6

    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 quick."

    Carlos Delgado hit a three-run homer, and Chris Aguila also connected in the Marlins' five-run third, but Florida gave away the lead and fell to 8-17 -- worst in the majors.

    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 starts.

    "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.

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