Seattle (16-20) at Baltimore (15-19)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 11, 2011
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Matt Wieters(notes) played the role of hero and gave the Baltimore Orioles reason to celebrate for the first time in five games.

Those celebrations could be short-lived with Felix Hernandez(notes) scheduled to take the mound for the Seattle Mariners.

Looking to stay undefeated in seven outings at Camden Yards, Hernandez tries to help the Mariners avoid a fourth consecutive defeat as they continue a three-game set with the Orioles on Wednesday night.

After Baltimore (15-19) blew a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning Tuesday, Wieters’ RBI single with two outs in the 13th capped a two-run rally as the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-6, series-opening victory over Seattle (16-20).

Baltimore, which had scored a combined eight runs during its skid, amassed a season-best 20 hits and went 8 for 21 with runners in scoring position.

A repeat performance will be difficult against Hernandez (4-2, 3.02 ERA).

Hernandez, who has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of eight starts, gave up two runs and five hits Friday in his second complete game of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA in six career starts at Camden Yards. He’s 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA in his last six starts in the series overall.

Despite his overall dominance of the Orioles, Hernandez has had some trouble with Brian Roberts(notes) and Nick Markakis(notes). Roberts is 12 for 31 with five doubles off him, while Markakis is 13 for 28.

Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak(notes), who leads the team with five homers and 22 RBIs, was moved up two spots to third in the lineup Tuesday. He went 1 for 4 and drove in a run.

“I think arguably he’s been our best hitter, and that’s where you like to have your best hitter,” manager Eric Wedge said. “I think he’s going to handle it well.”

Ichiro Suzuki(notes), whose .367 career average against Baltimore is his highest versus any AL club, went 2 for 6 with a run scored Tuesday and has hit safely in 37 of his last 39 games in this series. He also has two hits in five of his last six road contests overall.

The Mariners have totaled eight runs during their three-game skid, but a matchup with Orioles probable starter Chris Tillman(notes) (1-3, 7.16) could help them break out.

Tillman is trying to bounce back from his worst outing of the season. The right-hander gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 9-1 loss at Kansas City on Thursday.

“He is going to have to get better,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “Our options are him and a few others. The way he started out, I thought he was going to pitch pretty well stuff-wise. He’s got to be better than that. We all know that.”

Tillman has never faced Seattle.

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F. Hernández Sea vs. C. Tillman Bal
14-14 Record 3-5
3.47 ERA 5.52
222 K 46
67 BB 25
1.22 WHIP 1.65


Wednesday, May 11