Orioles 11, Nationals 10

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Wild ninth

The Orioles held a 9-5 lead going into the ninth inning, but Lance Cormier was charged with five runs (four earned) and stood to be the losing pitcher before the Orioles rallied in the bottom half against Washington reliever Jim Ed Warden. Matt Wieters reached on an infield hit with one out and scored the tying run on Scott Moore's double. Moore raced home on Luis Terrero's single, creating a mob scene at home plate. Ryan Langerhans gave the Nationals a 10-9 lead with a double off Roberto Novoa, who entered the game after Cormier failed to retire a batter.

Guthrie's debut

Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie didn't produce glowing numbers in his first spring appearance. He allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits, walked one and hit a batter in two innings. He also struck out three, including Nationals center fielder Elijah Dukes twice. Cristian Guzman and Frank Diaz each had two hits off Guthrie, who was hurt by Luis Hernandez's error in the second. The walk came with the bases loaded and forced in a run. "You'd like to put up zeroes, but I felt good," Guthrie said. "I didn't have the results I'd like, but I thought the fastball was down. I located pretty well for the most part and was able to throw my changeup."

Sherrill surfaces

The Orioles regained the services of their projected closer, though he worked the third inning yesterday. George Sherrill returned from a hamstring injury and allowed a run on doubles by Bret Boone and former Oriole Willie Harris. "There are times where [the leg] still feels a little quivery, but I had a sleeve on it, so I knew it was going to be sturdy," Sherrill said. "You get through the first couple of warm-ups and then the first couple of pitches in the game and you know that you have a solid foundation. Now, it's just go from there. The only thing I was really worried about was catching a spike and jarring it somehow. But it didn't happen. It felt good."

On deck

The Orioles make their lone visit to Vero Beach, Fla., today to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, who might relocate their spring training home to Glendale, Ariz., next year if the facility is ready. Left-hander Brian Burres is scheduled to start for the Orioles, followed by Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate. Burres and Albers are trying to make the club as the fifth starter or long reliever. Chad Billingsley will start for the Dodgers, who also have former Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson.

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