Orioles 9, Mariners 5
SEATTLE (AP)—After consecutive late-game collapses, the beleaguered Baltimore bullpen was filled with high fives and hugs.
And only one Orioles reliever got into the game.
Jay Payton had three hits, including a two-run double that keyed a five-run rally, and starter Daniel Cabrera went a much-needed eight innings to lead Baltimore over the Seattle Mariners 9-5 Wednesday and stop the Orioles’ five-game losing streak.
After Jay Gibbons ended an 0-for-22 slide with a single in the fifth, Payton’s double off Jarrod Washburn began erasing Seattle’s 4-0 lead. Cabrera (5-6) then allowed just two hits in his final six innings before closer Chris Ray held on by allowing only one run in the ninth, his first outing since giving up a game-ending homer Sunday to the Los Angeles Angels’ Vladimir Guerrero.
Payton caught the final out to end the Mariners’ winning streak at four games, which tied a season high. He then jogged about 20 yards to the left-field wall and jumped so that his stomach was perched on top of it. He hung there as the Orioles’ bullpen pitchers hugged him.
“Just having a little fun. Jumped up with the fellas right there, and got some high fives,” Payton said. “It was kind of cool.”
Gibbons, who spent the previous two days on the bench, was happy to be in the lineup against Jarrod Washburn (5-5).
“It’s no fun to sit, especially when you are used to playing your whole career,” he said.
Gibbons went back to a more open stance that he last used while struggling during the 2005 season, to make his hands quicker. He also said manager Sam Perlozzo told him before he sat him Monday, “Bear with me.”
Baltimore has been bearing with a bullpen that had blown leads in its previous three games, and Cabrera allowed four runs in the first two innings.
“I said, `Daniel, we need you to stay focused. We need you to stay composed. The team needs you. We need you to go deep in this ballgame for us.’,” Perlozzo said. “And he did it.”
Cabrera won for the first time in five road starts this season by allowing seven hits. He struck out six and walked four.
“I was mad,” Cabrera said of Seattle’s early 4-0 lead.
The decisive fifth began when Gibbons lined a single to right, and Freddie Bynum singled ahead of Payton’s double.
Chris Gomez scored Payton with a single chopped up the middle between the dives of shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and second baseman Jose Lopez. Miguel Tejada, starting for the first time this season as a designated hitter, hit a tying, two-out double on a fastball from Washburn that was supposed to be farther inside.
Washburn’s day began with flu-like symptoms and ended with five runs and nine hits allowed in 4 2-3 innings. He went just 3 2-3 inning in his previous start.
“His ball was moving all over the place,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.
Washburn said he told pitching coach Rafael Chaves before the game, “I’ll give you all I have until I can’t go any more.
“I’d like to think I could go more than four innings,” Washburn said between coughs.
Huber called a trainer to the mound following Gibbons’ flyout in the eighth and told him his forearm had tightened up. He said afterward that doctors diagnosed a strained forearm and that he may be out “a day or two.”
Raul Ibanez hit an RBI double in the first, and Seattle made it 4-0 in the second when Jamie Burke hit an RBI single on a high curveball, Lopez hit a run-scoring single and Jose Guillen had an RBI grounder.
The Orioles’ big rally was just the ninth inning in which they had scored four or more runs. Last season, they led the major leagues with 56 innings of four or more runs. … Betancourt extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 18 games. … As promised, Perlozzo gave 2B Brian Roberts (sore hamstring) the day off because he wanted to couple it with Thursday’s off day. … Seattle RHP Chris Reitsma, making his first appearance since May 18, allowed four hits and three runs with two wild pitches in the ninth in his return from the DL.