Dodgers 4, Orioles 2

Saturday, March 24th 2007, 4:52 pm
By: News On 6

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Miguel Tejada walked out of the clubhouse in the 8th inning and headed toward his car. He didn't know how the Baltimore Orioles' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was going to play out.

``I'm not too happy right now,'' the shortstop said as he strolled out the door.

Tejada and Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez each committed 2-errors, one apiece in each of the first 2 innings, and Baltimore's split squad lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Saturday.

``We were awful sloppy today,'' Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. ``We're capable of making the plays. We're just not making them.''

Randy Wolf gave up 2-runs and 5-hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Dodgers. Wolf, who is expected to start the season as the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation, walked two and struck out seven. His ERA this spring is 4.24.

Los Angeles got eight hits off Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera, who yielded only 3-runs in 6-innings despite receiving little support from his defense. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Cabrera struck out 4-and did not walk a batter, no small feat for a pitcher who led the AL in walks last year.

Los Angeles scored in the 1st inning. Juan Pierre singled, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd when Tejada misplayed a grounder and scored when Hernandez threw the ball into left field while trying to catch Pierre off 3rd base.

Matt Kemp reached on an error by Tejada in the 2nd and moved to 3rd on a throwing error by Hernandez but was stranded when Cabrera got Wilson Valdez to hit a 2-out grounder.

Los Angeles used 4-hits to score 2-runs in the 4th, and Cabrera avoided damage in the 5th after the Dodgers put runners at 2nd and 3rd with none out. Cabrera benefited from a visit to the mound by Perlozzo, who wanted the right-hander to throw his fastball without fear of missing the strike zone.

``I was trying to get him to relax and not be afraid to walk anybody,'' Perlozzo said. ``I just wanted him to let it fly.''

Perlozzo usually sends pitching coach Leo Mazzone out to the mound in such situations, but in this case he decided to do it himself.

``Because I'm the manager, and I wanted to get the point across to him,'' Perlozzo said. ``I just felt like it was my time.''