Cards play Orioles to 10-inning tie

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

JUPITER, Fla. — Considering the trouble he created, Daniel Cabrera had a successful outing.

The Baltimore Orioles' right-hander worked around five walks in three innings, allowing one run in a 2-2, 10-inning tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Cabrera led the American League in walks, ERA and losses last season and has walked seven in 7 2/3 innings over three spring starts.

"I walked a couple of people and that's not what I'm looking for," Cabrera said. "It's time to get ready for next time."

The key to Cabrera's outing was striking out Chris Duncan with the bases loaded to end the first inning without damage. Cabrera needed 31 pitches to get the first three outs, walking two.

"Too many deep counts early in the game," manager Dave Trembley said. "But his changeup was good and his breaking ball was good."

Cabrera, long considered a potential star by the team, was 9-18 with a 5.55 ERA and 108 walks last year.

Todd Wellemeyer, likely to begin the year in a wounded Cardinals rotation, worked four innings and allowed one earned run on five hits in his third spring start.

"We've got to step up," Wellemeyer said. "If we've got holes now that we thought were filled, we're going to have to go out and perform."

Seven Orioles pitchers, the last six working an inning apiece, combined for 11 strikeouts.

Duncan returned for the Cardinals after missing five games with back soreness and was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk.

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