Baltimore (53-56) at Seattle (41-68)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Sat Aug 2, 2008
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Plenty of teams have played well against the lowly Seattle Mariners this season. The Baltimore Orioles, though, might be the best.

The Orioles try for their eighth win in nine games against the Mariners as the teams continue a three-game series at Safeco Field on Saturday.

Baltimore (52-56), which is in last place in the AL East, 12 games behind the division leading Tampa Bay Rays, has won four of its last five—including a 10-5 win over Seattle (41-68) on Friday.

The Orioles scored eighth runs in the fifth inning—their highest-scoring inning since putting up nine against Tampa Bay on July 22, 2006—to support an impressive start by Garrett Olsen, who took a shutout into the ninth.

Nick Markakis had three of Baltimore’s 16 hits, and Jay Payton had a bases-loaded triple to highlight the fifth.

The win was the seventh in eight games for the Orioles against the Mariners, who have the AL’s worst record. Only Texas, with eight wins, has more versus Seattle, and Baltimore’s seven wins match its highest total against an opponent this year with the New York Yankees.

The Orioles are averaging 6.1 runs since July 18, and 7.3 runs in the last six games. Markakis has hit .379 (11-for-29) over his last seven games.

Seattle’s has dropped 10 of its last 13 games, and its pitchers have a 7.34 ERA in the last four games

The Mariners hope for a better outing from Felix Hernandez (7-6, 3.02 ERA), who is looking to build off two impressive starts against the Orioles this season. The right-hander did not have a decision in either outing, but he allowed just two runs over 15 innings.

The Mariners have split those two games, and Hernandez is 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA in eight starts against Baltimore.

Hernandez allowed four runs and six hits over six innings on Monday in a 7-5 win over the Rangers, but did not factor in the decision.

The Orioles counter with Jeremy Guthrie (7-8, 3.49), who allowed just one run and three hits over 6 1-3 innings on Monday in a 13-4 win over the Yankees.

Guthrie is 3-1 over his last six starts, holding opponents to two or fewer earned runs in four of those outings. He said he recently added a minor hitch in his windup.

“I’m just hoping it adds a wrinkle,” he said. “I’m making it up as I go along.”

Guthrie is making his third start against Hernandez this season. He went 0-1 in the previous two, yielding six runs in 14 2-3 innings, and is 1-2 with a 4.38 ERA in four lifetime starts versus Seattle.

Mariners second baseman Jose Vidro, who went 2-for-3 Friday, is 6-for-12 lifetime with a homer and six RBIs against Guthrie. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, though, is 0-for-12 with four strikeouts.

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J. Guthrie KC vs. F. Hernández Sea
10-12 Record 9-11
3.63 ERA 3.45
120 K 175
58 BB 80
1.23 WHIP 1.39


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