Mets stopped short against Orioles
Johnson comes through with two-run homer in eighth inning
ORIOLES 8, METS 7
in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Thursday, March 8
Jason Vargas pitched a scoreless sixth. A strong one-hop throw from shallow center field to the plate by Endy Chavez spared Vargas in the seventh, but the Orioles eventually scored on an infield hit.
Grapefruit League records: Orioles 5-1; Mets 3-6.Up next: The Mets, who play the Tigers three times in the regular season, play them in an exhibition game for the second time Friday, when John Maine makes his second start of the spring in Port St. Lucie. Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman also are to face the defending American League champions in the 1:10 p.m. ET game available on MLB.TV. Kenny Rogers starts for the Tigers. The Orioles play the Nationals at home Friday at 1:05 p.m. Jaret Wright starts for the Orioles, and Matt Chico for the Nationals.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.