Baltimore shreds Dodger pitching

Baltimore scored eight runs in the third inning to erase a 2-0 Los Angeles lead, then continued add to their total, rolling up 17 hits on the way to a 14-5 win.

The Dodgers managed only two hits during the afternoon, a two-run shot by Olmedo Saenz and a three-run bomb off the bat of David Ross in the fourth. L.A. got only a pair of walks as the final 17 hitters were retired. Los Angeles dropped to 4-2 on the season after winning the first four.

Olmedo Saenz got the Dodgers off on the right foot with a home run, his first, after Dave Roberts opened the game with a walk.

Jeff Weaver made his second spring start and escaped the first inning when David Ross threw the leadoff man out attempting to steal after a single. A walk and a shot back to the mound saw Weaver throw wildly to get the runner at first but right fielder Franklin Gutierrez nailed him when he made a wide turn at first.

Weaver allowed two more hits in the second without damage but the third inning saw the Orioles explode for eight runs.

Weaver gave up a triple, double, single, double and a walk, leaving the based loaded for Eric Knott. it the first batter to untie the game, gave up a sacrifice fly and got a potential ground ball that Jolbert Cabrera let go between his legs for a third run -- the Dodgers first error in 32 innings. A walk and a two run single kept the inning alive and Knott was spiked covering first base and left the game.

Jason Frasor finally ended the inning but Baltimore had an 8-3 lead. Robin Ventura walked, Saenz lived on an error and David Ross slugged a shot over the center field walk and the Dodgers had cut the lead to 8-5. But Steve Colyer gave up a pair of runs in the sixth.

Frasor, and Guillermo Mota who followed him, did not allow a run but Steve Colyer and Rick White were battered.

Dodgers pitchers have given up 22 runs on 31 hits in the two losses.