Orioles 7, Mets 1

New York Mets manager Terry Collins put it bluntly.

”Everybody’s ready to get out of here,” he said.

Nate McLouth hit two home runs and the Baltimore Orioles held

the New York Mets to one hit in a 7-1 victory Saturday, the spring

training finale for both teams.

Collins was still a little stunned by the news Thursday that

left-hander Johan Santana will miss the entire season after

re-tearing the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder. Hoping to

save his career, he’ll have surgery Tuesday in New York performed

by team medical director Dr. David Altchek.

The Mets still have a roster decision to make and they’ll do

that on Sunday. Backup infielder Justin Turner’s strained left calf

will be examined, and if he’s not ready to play, third baseman Zach

Lutz will make the team.

Dillon Gee, who allowed just two hits and struck out seven on

Monday against Atlanta, gave up three runs and six hits in four

innings. Gee, set to be New York’s third starter, is lined up to

pitch against San Diego on Thursday.

”Last outing was so good, to compare it to that is pretty hard

because he was so dominant,” Collins said.

Gee allowed the first of two home runs by Nate McLouth in the

third. Two innings later, McLouth connected off Jeremy Hafner, who

struggled through two innings. He allowed four runs and four hits –

three of them home runs. Chris Davis and Steve Pearce also went

deep for Baltimore.

Before the game, Pearce was told he beat out Conor Jackson for

the final spot on the team.

Hafner, scheduled to start New York’s fourth game, left his

previous outing Tuesday against St. Louis when he was hit on his

pitching elbow by Carlos Beltran’s one-hopper.

”He probably still has a little stiffness, but he’ll be OK. We

wanted to get him a couple of innings, anyway,” Collins said.

New York’s offense was shut down by six Orioles pitchers. Miguel

Gonzalez, the No. 3 starter for Baltimore, gave up a leadoff single

in the fifth to Marlon Byrd, who scored on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice

fly. Gonzalez struck out four and walked one in five innings.

”I’m happy we ended this way,” he said. ”I worked what I

needed to work on.”

Baltimore ended the spring with a 19-9-4 record.

”We’re ready. I feel good about where we are,” manager Buck

Showalter said.

David Wright was 0 for 3 in his second game since sustaining a

rib injury in the World Baseball Classic.

”He’s fine. It’s a hard game at this level. When you take two

weeks off or three weeks off, it takes a little time to get things

back,” Collins said.

NOTES: Collins said OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has made the team. The

manager also said he would try to avoid strict platooning in the

outfield. Collin Cowgill, who Collins said hits left-handers well,

has won the center field job, and he said his opening day lineup

was nearly set. ”We don’t know all of it yet, but it will be

pretty similar to what today’s was,” Collins said. … Baltimore

has two days off before opening the season at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

… Orioles CF Adam Jones got the day off. … The Mets open the

season Monday at home against San Diego. LHP Jonathon Niese faces

Padres RHP Edinson Volquez. … The Orioles have set their roster

by reassigning Jackson, LHP Mark Hendrickson and RHP Jair Jurrjens

to minor league camp. They are expected to place INF Wilson Betemit

(right knee), RHP Steve Johnson (back) and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada on the

disabled list Sunday. Pearce hit seven homers and drove in 18 runs

this spring. ”I did everything I could to make this team,” he

said.