Baltimore (61-72) at Seattle (77-57)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 29, 2003
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The Seattle Mariners are hoping the Baltimore Orioles will be the perfect cure for their slump.

The Mariners look to keep pace with the Oakland Athletics in the AL West as they open a three-game series with the fading Orioles.

“We’re a very good team. We just haven’t shown it on the field in the last few weeks,” Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron said Thursday.

Seattle has lost two straight and eight of nine to fall two games behind Oakland in the AL West after leading the division for 4 1/2 months.

“They were eight games back of us, so things can happen quickly,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “We need to find a way to turn it around.”

Melvin isn’t ready to concede the division to Oakland.

“Being in first place as long as we were tells me we have the best team in the division,” Melvin said.

The Mariners also have dropped a half-game behind Boston in the wild-card chase.

Toby Hall homered in the ninth inning off closer Shigetoshi Hasegawa, lifting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Mariners on Thursday.

It was only the fifth time Hasegawa has allowed a run in 53 appearances this season. He came in with a 0.75 ERA.

Seattle stranded 29 runners in the Tampa Bay series and hit 8-for-30 with runners in scoring position.

The Mariners are hoping to get back on track at the expense of the Orioles.

Baltimore has lost five straight and 13 of 17, falling to 11-16 in August.

The Orioles didn’t help Seattle out earlier this week, as they were swept in three games by the Athletics.

Larry Bigbie and Brian Roberts homered for Baltimore in a 6-4 loss to Oakland on Thursday.

Rookie outfielder Tim Raines Jr. added an RBI triple for the Orioles. It was the first major league RBI and the first triple for Raines, who played briefly with his famous father two years ago in Baltimore.

STANDINGS: Orioles - 4th place, 20 1/2 GB, AL East. Mariners - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL West.

ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Eric DuBose (1-4, 4.73 ERA). DuBose has lost three straight decisions, allowing 12 runs in his last 10 1-3 innings. The 27-year-old lefty lasted just 2 1-3 innings after allowing seven runs and six hits in a 7-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ryan Franklin (9-11, 3.92 ERA). Franklin was roughed up for six runs and 11 hits in six innings of a 6-1 loss to Boston on Sunday. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in eight career appearances against Baltimore, including two starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Melvin Mora, .325 avg.; Tony Batista, 22 HRs; Jay Gibbons, 89 RBIs; Jeff Conine, 75 runs; Brian Roberts, 20 SBs. Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .327 avg., 95 runs and 30 SBs; Bret Boone, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs.

SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 2-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - OF Luis Matos is in a 10-for-62 slump. … 3B Batista is 4-for-9 with two home runs in his career against Franklin. … RHP Jorge Julio is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and five saves in August. Mariners - Hasegawa’s ERA jumped from 0.75 to 0.88 after yielding the homer Thursday. … DH Edgar Martinez is mired in an 0-for-11 slump. … 2B Boone is batting .375 (6-for-16) over his last four games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 28-40 on the road; Mariners - 40-29 at home.

INJURIES: Orioles - INF David Segui (wrist), 15-day DL; OF Melvin Mora (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (foot), 60-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL. Mariners - IF Greg Colbrunn (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Thornton (elbow), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

E. DuBose LAD vs. R. Franklin StL
3-6 Record 11-13
3.79 ERA 3.57
44 K 99
25 BB 61
1.15 WHIP 1.23