Orioles nip Reds in 10 innings

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 14, 2003

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Melvin Mora's fourth hit of the game, a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning, led the Baltimore Orioles over the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 Thursday.

Baltimore starter Omar Daal allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings.

''He threw some pitches that were borderline pitches and got some offspeed stuff over the plate that they hit,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said, adding he wasn't concerned with the spotty outing. ''You don't want to have too high expectations - it's too early in camp.''

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Chris Reitsma, Cincinnati's starter, gave up three runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Brandon Larson, who hadn't played since March 2 because of a strained right ribcage muscle, went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI as Cincinnati's designated hitter.

Wily Mo Pena and Adam Dunn homered for the Reds.

Marty Cordova hit three hits, including a home run and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who had lost five of six. Willis Roberts got the victory with two innings of two-hit relief.

Baltimore tied the game at 7-all by scoring four unearned runs off Bobby Basham in the seventh. Larry Bigbie, Cordova and Luis Matos had RBI singles.