He gave up four runs and six hits over six innings in a 7-4 road win over the Angels last Sunday. The win capped a stretch in which Meche went 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA in four straight road starts.
The 26-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.47 ERA in eight career starts against the Orioles, although he had no record and a 4.00 ERA against them last season.
Seattle avoided a sixth straight loss to Baltimore with a 3-2 victory Saturday. Mike Morse’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scored the winning run, which was unearned due to a throwing error by Orioles reliever Chris Ray.
Baltimore missed a chance to move into a tie for first place in the AL East, remaining one game behind Boston. The Orioles stranded 10 runners and were hitless in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
One day after registering his first three-hit game of the season, Orioles designated hitter Sammy Sosa doubled in the first inning before going hitless in his final four at-bats. Sosa is batting .211 over his last 36 games.
“I am not the only one to play this game, everybody who plays this game has to go through this situation, a tough moment,” Sosa said. “To me, I am a fighter, I am going to get out of it and I am going to go out there and keep fighting.”
Baltimore will give the ball to Sidney Ponson on Sunday. The Aruban right-hander is 0-3 with a 9.45 ERA over his last four outings, including surrendering five runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 frames in a 7-2 loss to Boston on July 8.
After the game, Ponson said he would not speak to the media for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander’s name has come up in trade rumors.
“Sidney is a guy that gives up some hits, and it seems like he always has to grind it out,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “But when you have guys on base a lot and you make one mistake, it’s going to hurt.”
Ponson is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three career starts at Safeco Field. He is 3-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight road starts.