Marlins 8, Orioles 7

Al Martin and Todd Hollandsworth homered and the Florida Marlins beat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, today for their third straight victory.

Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson went five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three.

"I was leaving the ball right down the middle," Ponson said. "It was one of those days where I knew I was doing something wrong and I couldn't correct it until the fourth or fifth inning."

Marlins starter A.J. Burnett was removed from the game as a precautionary measure after walking Gary Matthews Jr. with two out in the third. Burnett experienced right forearm tightness and will be reevaluated Sunday.

Burnett allowed a run on four hits, walked one and struck out two.

Marty Cordova homered twice for Baltimore and Larry Bigbie added a three-run homer. Jeff Conine had three hits for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine games.

Martin, trying to make the Marlins as a non-roster player, hit a three-run homer in the second inning. Hollandsworth hit a solo shot in the third to make it 6-1.

The Orioles rallied against Marlins reliever Tim Spooneybarger, who allowed all three Baltimore home runs. Spooneybarger entered with an 8-2 lead in the eighth, then gave up five runs on four hits.