The Seattle Mariners finally figured out how to win in Baltimore.
They’ll try for a second straight series win as they wrap up a three-game set with the Orioles Sunday at Camden Yards.
The Mariners beat the Orioles 8-6 on Saturday, ending a nine-game losing streak in Baltimore. Their last road win against the Orioles had been a 7-5 victory on April 27, 2004.
“We’ll take it,” said manager Mike Hargrove, whose team came back from a 4-0 deficit. “The guys have played hard all season long. Today we were able to carry it through.”
Carl Everett and Adrian Beltre homered, and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tie-breaking two-run single for Seattle, which bounced back after Friday’s 5-2 series-opening loss. The Mariners, who improved to 7-0 when leading after six innings, took two of three from the defending champion Chicago White Sox earlier this week after going 2-8 in three straight series defeats.
Ichiro Suzuki had two hits, both in the sixth inning, and had a run and an RBI. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, boosting his average from .177 to .282.
Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Baltimore, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Tejada, who had already set a team record for hits in April, also kept his consecutive games streak alive, but left in the seventh inning with knee soreness for the second straight game.
Tejada’s 943-game streak is the longest among current active players and the seventh-longest in baseball history.
Designated hitter Javy Lopez was a late scratch because of back spasms, first baseman Kevin Millar left in the second inning because of a bruised hand, and second baseman Brian Roberts left in the seventh with a strained groin.
Manager Sam Perlozzo said the Orioles would make decisions about any roster moves on Sunday morning.
Corey Patterson hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Patterson also homered in Friday’s victory.
Jamie Moyer (0-2, 3.45 ERA) will look to keep Baltimore in check in the series finale. Moyer allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings of Seattle’s 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
The 43-year-old left-hander has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his five starts, but is receiving just 2.01 runs of support.
Moyer pitched for Baltimore from 1993-95, going 25-22. He has had plenty of success against his former team, going 16-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 28 career appearances, including 26 starts. He has more wins against only the Angels (18) and the Athletics (17).
Baltimore counters with Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 6.97), who allowed four runs and five hits in six innings in Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Lopez has given up at least four runs in each of his first five starts, and his only win came against Tampa Bay on April 3 as Beltimore’s opening day starter.
“His location’s got to get better. That’s all there is,” Perlozzo said. “He’s got to get his pitch count down, and his location’s got to get a little better—because his stuff’s good enough.”
Lopez is 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in seven career appearances, including six starts, against the Mariners.