By Mike Steffanos
Orioles 6 - Mets 5
Victor Zambrano was decent in his first start of the season, going 5 innings and scattering 6 hits. He gave up a solo home run to Melvin Mora in the third and an unearned run in the fourth. He struck out 1 and walked nobody.
Kris Benson pitched against his former teammates and didn't fare as well, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out 3.
Lefties Juan Perez and Royce Ring and right-hander Jeremi Gonzales combined for 3 scoreless innings, but Bartolome Fortunato, who had been looking good this spring, got absolutely torched as the Orioles scored 4 in the ninth to steal the game. Fortunato registered only a single out, while giving up 4 hits and 2 walks.
Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran were the batting stars for New York with 2 hits each. Endy Chavez had a pair of RBIs.
The Mets will be home in Port St. Lucie tomorrow night, with Aaron Heilman starting against the Dodgers.