Stynes leaves slump, Red Sox behind


Batting .130 coming into yesterday's game, reserve infielder Chris Stynes delivered the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning with a triple off Boston reliever Mark Malaska, and the Orioles defeated the Red Sox, 5-3, before a sellout crowd.

Tim Raines Jr. reached with one out after being hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on the triple. Former No. 1 draft pick Nick Markakis followed with an RBI single to increase the Orioles' lead to 5-3.

Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera was removed with one out in the fifth after the Red Sox scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. His curveball wasn't effective, but his fastball topped out at 97 mph.

Catcher Geronimo Gil drove in two runs, one of them coming on a bases-empty homer in the fifth.

Reliever Scott Cassidy hit Luis Matos with his next pitch, stirring up the Orioles' bench.

After glaring at Cassidy, Matos stole second, took third on catcher Dusty Brown's throwing error and scored the tying run when center fielder David Murphy fired the ball into the dugout.

Most of Boston's regulars didn't make the trip.

Who's hot

Luis Matos: The next pitcher who hits this guy had better have some burly friends. Or plenty of life insurance.

Geronimo Gil: Doesn't handle a pitching staff as well as Sal Fasano, but his arm and occasional pop give him the edge in backup catcher competition. So excited, he almost spoke.

Bruce Chen: Retired all five batters he faced. No runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings this spring. "Every time he goes out there, it seems like he does the job," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "I like what I see."

Who's not

Chris Gomez: Might have fallen behind former New York Yankee Enrique Wilson, who has strong ties to the manager. Tried winning over Mazzilli by wearing a pinstriped suit.

Injury report

Melvin Mora and Jay Gibbons were excused because of flu-like symptoms. Javy Lopez worked out, but he's also ill and has a bruised right ring finger. ... Brian Roberts missed his eighth game because of a strained right shoulder. He's been hitting off a tee and increasing his throws. "It's getting better," trainer Richie Bancells said. "It just takes time."

Orioles today

Opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

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