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Reds fall in ninth

Tony Eusebio's single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Willie Ansley to give Houston a 3-2 victory Friday over Cincinnati.

Ansley opened against Ken Patterson by walking. Patterson fielded Phil Nevin's sacrifice bunt but threw wildly to first base, enabling Ansley to reach third while Nevin was safe at first.

Eusebio, a catcher who spent last year at Triple-A Tucson, lined the ball through the left side to end the game.

Mitch Williams pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, striking out two batters after allowing Steve Gibralter's leadoff single.

Cincinnati's Tim Pugh pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. _ AP

Strange play lifts Cards

FORT MYERS _ Rookie Terry Bradshaw scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and St. Louis used an unusual double play to end its 5-4 victory over Minnesota.

The Twins, who got a two-run homer from Kent Hrbek, lost when Alex Cole was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score the tying run from second. He got the chance after second baseman Darrel Deak made an errant throw while trying to complete a game-ending double play.

After the ball caromed off a railing near the Cardinals' first-base dugout, it went to first baseman Rodney Brewer. He threw to catcher Marc Ronan, who tagged out Cole.

Left-hander Rheal Cormier started for the Cardinals, going three innings and yielding just one hit.

Bradshaw keyed a two-run ninth inning for the Cardinals. With one out, he singled, stole second and came home on a single by Geronimo Pena. St. Louis then went up 5-3 on a wild pitch by Kevin Campbell.

Rene Arocha is expected to start today against Baltimore.

The Cardinals play a "B" game against Baltimore on Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. Al Lang Stadium gates open at 10 a.m. and admission to the "B" game is free if you have a ticket to the regularly scheduled 1:05 p.m. game. _ AP

Jays beat Orioles in 10

DUNEDIN _ Toronto started four World Series veterans, then let the kids win the exhibition opener over Baltimore 6-5 at Dunedin Stadium.

Shannon Stewart's triple with one out in the 10th inning scored Domingo Martinez to give the Jays the victory.

Paul Molitor, Joe Carter, John Olerud and Ed Sprague started, as they had in the Series. But some new players helped _ Rob Butler, Willie Canate, Domingo Cedeno _ all who signed Friday, and Scott Brow, who got the win. Brow pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th.

Molitor hit a three-run homer in the first. Rookie Carlos Delgado, pinch hitting for Molitor, homered in the seventh. Molitor also doubled.

Shortstop hopeful Alex Gonzalez's first chance was a hard liner through his glove, but he was 2-for-2. Starter Juan Guzman gave up a first-inning homer to Rafael Palmeiro, then settled down. Reliever Tony Castillo gave up a single in two innings. Devon White reported to camp. Toronto's head groundskeeper for the past 10 years, Brad Bujold, 35, died Friday of cancer. Dave Stewart is expected to start against the Phillies. _ PHIL GULICK

Palmeiro homers in loss

DUNEDIN _ Barry Manuel gave up a triple to Shannon Stewart in the bottom of the 10th as Baltimore lost to Toronto 6-5.

Free-agent acquisition Palmeiro slugged a first-inning homer. The O's used five pitchers; John O'Donoghue was the most effective, allowing only two singles. Alan Mills gave up a three-run homer to Molitor in the first inning. Rightfielder Mike Deveraux ran into the fence chasing a foul ball, split his lip and was replaced in the first inning. The injury required stitches. Mike Mussina is scheduled to start today against the Cardinals. Other Orioles expected to pitch are Arthur Rhodes, Mark Eichhorn and Lee Smith. _ PHIL GULICK

Schilling sharp in opener

CLEARWATER _ Although manager Jim Fregosi said his starter looked in "midseason form," Curt Schilling had a different assesment of his performance.

"My arm feels a little heavy right now," Schilling said. "I started throwing later this year than I used to. But it was pretty good for my first outing."

The Phillies won their Grapefruit League opener on the strength of back-to-back homers by Ricky Jordan and Phil Geisler in the eighth off Dennis Powell, hanging on for a 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh. Pete Incaviglia had a homer and four RBI.

Schilling pitched three innings and gave up one hit (a single to Glenn Sutko) and struck out three. The MVP of last season's National League championship series against Atlanta, Schilling said he has two goals for spring training: to pitch inside more aggressively, and to add a changeup. Schilling has used a changeup sparingly in the past, with mixed results.

"I used the change twice in the playoffs _ the first was a strike to Atlanta's Dave Justice, the second was a homer to (Toronto's John) Olerud."

Pitcher Larry Andersen injured his lower back with one out in the eighth and was replaced by David West, who picked up the win. Fregosi said the injury wasn't serious, and Andersen shouldn't miss a turn in the rotation.

Danny Jackson, Mike Williams, Roger Mason, Heathcliff Slocumb are expected to pitch today against the Blue Jays. _ JULIE GOODRICH