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Star outfielder loses two balls in sun in loss to Orioles
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Carlos Beltran lost two balls in the sun during the same inning and heard his first round of boos from New York Mets fans.
Beltran couldn’t catch drives hit to center by Baltimore’s Javy Lopez and David Newhan, and the Orioles scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to an 8-2 victory Thursday over the Mets.
Lopez was credited with a two-run double after Beltran dropped to one knee and couldn’t hold on to the ball that came at him out of a blinding sun that was situated over the grandstand and directly behind home plate.
Later in the inning, Beltran appeared to let up as Newhan’s drive flew over him for a triple that drove in two more runs.
“The first one, I’m 100 percent sure I caught it,” Beltran said. “The second one, I didn’t see it. Since the first inning, I just let the corner guys know I might need some help.”
Mets manager Willie Randolph wasn’t alarmed that Beltran, a defensive star in center fielder, made the misplays. The spring training crowd of 7,203 wasn’t as forgiving, however, and fans sent boos toward New York’s biggest offensive acquisition.
“It’s the sun,” Randolph said. “What are you going to do? It didn’t look good but that’s a tough sun out there. They lost one, too. The bottom line is that’s part of the elements. You don’t worry about that.”
Newhan lost sight of Mike Piazza’s double in the fifth inning.
“A day like today, it’s kind of like in Arizona,” Newhan said. “The sun was straight and high, right above center. You saw the other guy an inning before. I knew it was going to go into the sun and I was just hoping it would come back out. I was one yard off of it.
“Thank God, because it probably would have hit me in the face.”
Larry Bigbie led off the fourth inning with a solo homer off Mets starter Steve Trachsel. Rafael Palmeiro added an RBI single against Trachsel, who allowed four hits and five runs in 3 1-3 innings.
Baltimore’s Jay Gibbons hit a two-run homer off Mike Dejean in the eighth.
Mets catcher Jason Phillips knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single off Rodrigo Lopez in the first inning. Lopez gave up four hits and three walks in three innings.
Notes: Gibbons started in place of DH B.J. Surhoff, who was scratched from the lineup before the game because of a strained right groin.
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