ORIOLES 4, METS 3

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Wild finish

The Orioles were trailing 3-1 with two outs in the ninth, but they staged an inspired rally for a team that was eager to get out of South Florida. Luke Scott, who dropped two fly balls earlier, hit a two-out, two-strike double off New York Mets reliever Mike Pelfrey to score Chris Heintz. Jay Payton followed with a game-tying single that appeared to force extra innings. Not so fast. Luis Hernandez also singled to keep the rally alive, and Eider Torres - who will report to minor league camp after tonight's game - blooped a single to shallow left to score Payton.

Rough sailing

Making his final exhibition start, Daniel Cabrera allowed two runs and three hits, with five walks, in five innings. He also drilled Jose Reyes with a fastball to load the bases in the second. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first when a grounder from David Wright scored Reyes, who led off with a double to right field. Carlos Beltran walked with two outs and moved up on a wild pitch, but Cabrera struck out Carlos Delgado on a changeup. Scott dropped his second fly ball of the day, this time with the bases loaded in the fifth, but he got the force at third as a run scored.

Wooden weapon

Don't get near Ryan Church when he swings a bat. You never know when you will end up wearing it. Church did the unthinkable in the third inning. On consecutive pitches, part or all of his bat went flying over the Orioles' dugout and into the seats on the first base side. It flew out of his hands once, going about five rows deep. On the next mishap, the bat broke in two, with Church carrying the handle to first base while running out his grounder and the barrel end spiraling into the stands. Fortunately, nobody was injured, and two fans ended up with souvenirs, including a man sitting behind the Mets' dugout who was given the handle.

On deck

The Orioles have one exhibition game remaining, and it doesn't require a trip up Interstate 95 in South Florida. They will have a workout at Camden Yards in the morning as part of FanFest activities and head to Washington to play the Nationals, who are unveiling their new ballpark. Left-hander Adam Loewen will start for the Orioles, so he's excused from attending FanFest. He has been named the No. 4 starter by manager Dave Trembley.

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