Britton aims to get on track while Beavan tries to win a fifth consecutive start Tuesday night as the Orioles and Mariners continue a three-game set at Camden Yards.
After winning four of six on its recently completed trip, Baltimore (58-51) returned home to take Monday's series opener 3-1. Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer while Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to extend the club's run of impressive pitching performances.
Sitting 5 1/2 games behind AL East-leading New York and very much in the mix for a wild-card berth, the second-place Orioles have won three in a row and allowed three runs over their last four games. They could, however, have trouble keeping things going with Britton (1-1, 8.35 ERA) on the hill.
Expected to provide a boost after spending the first half of the season on the disabled list (shoulder) and in the minors, Britton has struggled. Aside from throwing six scoreless innings in a 4-3 win at Cleveland on July 22, he's compiled a 12.41 ERA over his other three starts since returning July 17.
"Pitches that people pass at the Triple-A level, they don't pass that up here," manager Buck Showalter said. "Knowing Zach and what he needs to bring, he'll figure it out at some point in his career as a pitcher. We feel confident about that. It's just not happening right now. It's frustrating for him, and for us because we've seen glimpses of it."
Some of those came when Britton posted a 2.14 ERA in his first nine starts as a rookie last year, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last two outings.
The left-hander surrendered six runs over 5 2-3 innings during a 14-9 loss to Oakland on July 27, then gave up a season-high seven runs, seven hits and three walks over 2 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 12-3 defeat at Yankee Stadium.
"I think it's just overthinking things at times, not being in a good rhythm on the mound, a good pace in the game," he said.
"We're in the hunt, and I understand what I have to do to be at this level. I'm not getting it done right now. So I got to either do something, or somebody else is going to come up and find a way to do the job. And that's the way it should be."
Britton was lights out in his only previous appearance against the Mariners (51-60), giving up no runs, three hits and no walks over a career-high nine innings in a 2-1, 12-inning victory May 12, 2011.
He may need to be sharp again to keep up with Beavan (7-6, 5.06). The right-hander has won all four of his starts since getting called up from Triple-A Tacoma following a month-plus in the minors.
Beavan, who's compiled a 2.01 ERA during his last three outings, yielded three runs and seven hits over 7 2-3 innings of Wednesday's 5-3 victory over Toronto. He'll be getting his first look at an Orioles club that's won four straight and seven of nine in this series at home.
Since posting a season-best seven consecutive victories, Seattle has been limited to seven runs while dropping three of four.
- Seattle Mariners
- Zach Britton
- Baltimore Orioles
- Blake Beavan