SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles hit four homers against the Mets and closed their Grapefruit League schedule with a 7-1 win over the New York Mets.
Three of those home runs caught in the wind blowing out in left field, which has been a constant at Ed Smith Stadium this spring.
Center fielder Nate McLouth hit two solo homers, including one off the batter’s eye in center field to lead off the second inning off Mets starter Dillon Gee. McLouth also hit an opposite-field homer to left in the fifth off Jeremy Hefner, one of three homers the reliever allowed on the afternoon.
First baseman Chris Davis hit a two-run shot off Hefner in the fifth, and designated hitter Steve Pearce, who is battling with Conor Jackson for the final roster spot, hit his seventh homer of the spring, tying the Grapefruit League lead.
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez held the Mets to one run on one hit over five innings, walking one and striking out four, in his final tuneup before Thursday's start against the Rays. Gonzalez retired the first eight hitters he faced before No. 9 hitter Jordany Valdespin reached on an error at first base.
Gonzalez didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, when Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a single.
Left-handers Brian Matusz and Mark Hendrickson threw perfect sixth and seventh innings, respectively, and Darren O’Day and newly acquired right-hander Jairo Asencio combined for a hitless eighth. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Orioles’ announced sellout crowd of 7,642 set a new franchise record for spring training home attendance with 120,455.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun