Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners try to complete a three-game sweep and hand the Orioles a sixth straight loss on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Seattle (30-25) is in position for its first three-game sweep of Baltimore (27-32) since Aug. 29-31, 2003, after rallying late in each of the first two contests of this series. The Mariners, who have won 11 of 15 overall, scored four runs in the eighth inning of Monday’s 7-4 victory, then used a four-run rally in the seventh of a 5-4 win Tuesday night.
Suzuki doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in both big innings.
“There is some kind of atmosphere this team has,” he said. “I’m not exactly able to put a finger on it, but we definitely have something going on.”
The center fielder is 5-for-10 in the series and is hitting .405 (45-for-111) over his last 25 games.
Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. He is batting .375 (24-for-64) with seven doubles and one homer during the run.
Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn (5-4, 3.57 ERA) looks to win his sixth straight decision against Baltimore as he tries to bounce back from a poor outing. He lasted just 3 2-3 innings and allowed five runs in a 9-8 loss to Texas on Friday.
However, the left-hander is 5-0 with a 3.09 ERA in his last seven starts against Baltimore. He hasn’t lost to the Orioles since Sept. 17, 1999.
Washburn matched up regularly with Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada when he was with the Angels and Tejada was with Oakland, and the pitcher usually got the best of the former AL MVP. Tejada is hitting just .164 (9-for-55) with one homer in his career versus Washburn.
Baltimore suffered a bullpen meltdown for the third game in a row. The Orioles have held leads in the seventh inning or later in each of the last three games, but their relievers have combined to post a 20.77 ERA in that span to lose each contest.
“We’ve got to get some outs. That’s all there is to it,” Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. “We are making the game a lot tougher than it is right now.”
The Orioles will play without top hitter Brian Roberts, who will get the day game off despite going 7-for-13 in his last three contests. He’s still bothered by a hamstring problem, and Perlozzo wants him to give two days off since the team doesn’t play again until Friday.
Baltimore will send Daniel Cabrera (4-6, 4.72) to the mound in the finale of its 10-game road trip. Cabrera is 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA in five career starts against Seattle, winning both of his outings at Safeco Field.
The right-hander has lost all four road starts this year, though, despite a respectable 4.05 ERA. He gave up three runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings of Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Angels that started the Orioles’ current losing streak.