Camden Yards has a reputation as a hitter-friendly park. The Seattle Mariners would certainly agree with that.
The Mariners looks to continue their offensive prowess Thursday night when they seek a three-game sweep of the Orioles.
Seattle hit Baltimore pitching hard for the second straight night in Tuesday’s 8-4 victory, as Jose Vidro homered and drove in four runs to lead a 15-hit attack.
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and Jose Guillen and Raul Ibanez homered for the Mariners (62-49), who have 18 runs and 34 hits in the first two games of this series after totaling five runs and 18 hits in the previous two contests.
“When Ichiro and I get on in front of the others, it really makes a difference,” Vidro said. “We’ve got two or three guys hot at the same time right now and it’s great. This is what we’re capable of doing, and when we all start hitting at once, we’re going to be real tough.”
With their eighth win in 11 games, the Mariners moved into the AL wild-card lead, one percentage point ahead of the Detroit Tigers.
Seattle, which has won six of seven at Camden Yards, hasn’t swept a three-game set from the Orioles since Aug. 29-31, 2003. The Mariners haven’t done it at Baltimore since Sept. 15-17, 2000.
Vidro, batting .425 (17-for-40) with eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak, hit his first home run since May 25—a span of 61 games.
Ibanez has three home runs in this series after going 31 games without one.
Suzuki, meanwhile, continues to dominate the Orioles. He is batting .472 (17-for-36) with one homer, five RBIs, nine runs scored and three steals in eight games this season. Suzuki is 103-for-268 (.384) lifetime against Baltimore, the highest average versus the Orioles for any player with 150 or more plate appearances since 1957.
Miguel Tejada had three hits and his 1,000th career RBI for Baltimore (52-60), which has lost three of four and six of nine.
“It’s not a good feeling when you come off a game last night and all of a sudden they put two on the board as quickly as they did in the first inning,” manager Dave Trembley said. “You’ve got to be thinking, ‘Here we go again.”’
Seattle’s Horacio Ramirez (6-3, 6.68 ERA) looks to beat the Orioles for the second time in two tries this season. Ramirez had one of his best outings of the year in a 4-2 victory over visiting Baltimore on July 16, holding them to two runs and five hits in seven innings. The left-hander, though, has allowed 15 runs and 27 hits in 14 2-3 innings in three starts since that win.
Ramirez lasted only four innings Friday against Boston, leaving without a decision after giving up four runs and 10 hits in Seattle’s 7-4 loss.
He is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three career starts against the Orioles, beating them twice with Atlanta.
Baltimore counters with Daniel Cabrera (8-11, 4.90), who has won two of his last three starts—both against the Devil Rays. He gave up one run and four hits through seven innings Friday in a 3-1 win at Tropicana Field, improving to 6-0 against Tampa Bay.
Cabrera is also unbeaten in his career against the Mariners. He is 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts this year at Safeco Field, and 5-0 with a 3.61 ERA in seven career outings versus Seattle.
The right-hander, though, has won only one of his last six home starts, and is 5-5 with a 5.44 ERA in 14 games at Camden Yards.