Homers Fly Early In 8-3 Victory Over Birds
Ortiz rounds second after homer.
Ortiz rounds second after homer.

Posted Mar 29, 2004

Five home runs flew out of the City of Palms Park on Monday afternoon in Fort Myers, Florida. Fortunately for Tim Wakefield, who earned his third victory of spring training, more home runs belonged to his team as Boston took it 8-3 over the Baltimore Orioles.

The outcome of the game was determined in the bottom of the second, which was highlighted by the team's three homers. Kevin Millar started it and Johnny Damon and David Ortiz followed. Manny Ramirez sandwiched an RBI single in between Damon and Ortiz's home runs.

Holding down the fort after Wakefield’s departure was Lenny Dinardo, Mike Timlin, and Bobby Jones. All pitched one inning of hitless relief.

Cesar Crespo continues to hit the ball hard, going two for three in his bid to make the team as a utility infielder. Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar also chipped in two hits apiece.

For the Orioles, Rick Bauer took the loss, as he took the blame for all seven runs scored in the second inning. The O's runs came courtesy of a solo shot from David Segui and a two-run homer by Luis Lopez.

Segui had half of the hit output for the O's, accounting for two of the team's four hits.

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