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The Orioles scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead and chase St. Louis starter Jason Marquis.

I thought Marquis had been scratched because the Cardinals listed a different starter. Guess the lineup sheet was wrong.

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Jay Gibbons had a run-scoring single in the third inning and scored from first base on Kevin Millar's two-run double. Jeff Conine, who is 2-for-2, singled to give the Orioles the lead.

Millar is 4-for-10 with two doubles and three RBIs this spring. So far, he's providing more than comic relief.

James Johnson gave up three hits in two innings. He did strike out the last two batters he faced. Winton Abreu replaced him and retired six of the seven batters he faced, witih three strikeouts. He really was popping the catcher's mitt.

Melvin Mora made a great backhanded stab along the line and threw out Junior Spivey to strand a runner in the fourth.

Former Oriole Deivi Cruz is in mid-season form. He swung at the second pitch he saw. Cruz acts like the orchestra from the Oscars will start playing music if his at-bat runs too long.

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