Seattle (6-13) at Baltimore (10-7)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 27, 2004
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The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners were eager to end their losing streaks Monday night.

They never got the chance.

A steady rain postponed their game two hours before it was to begin. It will be made up on Aug. 3 as part of a day-night doubleheader.

The rainout meant last-place Seattle would have to wait at least another day to end its five-game skid, and the Orioles would have an additional 24 hours to ponder a two-game slide that dropped them out of first place in the AL East.

Baltimore fell to Toronto in 12 innings on Saturday, then got hammered 15-3 Sunday.

“When you come off a loss like that, you like to get right back into it,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “Two in a row is a big deal. I don’t like losing.”

Neither does Seattle manager Bob Melvin, whose team has its second five-game losing streak of the young season.

“We’re in a 20-game straight stretch, which in April is kind of odd. But we want to get out there and win some games,” said Melvin, who remains one win short of 100 as a manager.

On the positive side, the Mariners’ overworked relievers got a much-needed break.

“The way our bullpen has been taxed, it probably helps out quite a bit,” Melvin said.

The manager pushed back his starting rotation a day. Gil Meche, Jamie Moyer and Joel Pineiro are set to pitch in what has become a three-game series.

Matt Riley, Kurt Ainsworth and Eric DuBose will pitch for Baltimore. Sidney Ponson will start Friday in Cleveland, followed by rookie Erik Bedard, whose third start of the season was moved back a day.

Despite their lost weekend, the Orioles are off to their best start since 2000, when they went 11-6. That didn’t make Sunday’s lopsided defeat any easier to take.

“We just came out a little flat. You’re going to have that over the course of a season,” left fielder Larry Bigbie said. “It’s all a matter of how you bounce back. We have to put yesterday behind us and start a new day.”

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G. Meche KC vs. M. Riley SD
7-7 Record 3-4
5.01 ERA 5.63
99 K 60
47 BB 44
1.46 WHIP 1.63