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July 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, July 3: Mariners lose, 5-4

A stirring rally by Seattle ultimately falls short.
ORIOLES NINTH: Robert Andino’s two-out homer off Charlie Furbush gives Baltimore the lead back, 5-4.
MARINERS EIGHTH: They rallied for three to tie it, and if you saw that coming…Right on deadline, but the runs were driven in by Justin Smoak (single), John Jason (on a pinch single) and Seager (on a bases loaded walk). No decision for Chen after all that.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Well, no perfecto. Ichiro struck out to start the seventh, but Casper Wells jumped all over a 3-2 pitch and crushed it over the left-field wall. Bye bye perfect game and shutout. But M’s still trail 4-1.
MARINERS SIXTH: This is getting interesting. Wei-Yin Chen is perfect through six innings against Mariners. Humberlievable
ORIOLES SIXTH: It fell apart quickly Felix, who gavae up singles to the first four batters for two runs, and was pulled after a two-run single by Matt Wieters with one out, trailing 4-0.
MARINERS FIFTH: Chen strikes out the side in the fifth. That’s 15 up, 15 down. Has a team ever been perfecto’d twice in a season?
ORIOLES FIFTH: Felix gets just what he needs: a 9-pitch fifth that restores order to his pitch count. Still scoreless (and hitless, in Mariners’ case). He’s thrown 74 through five.
MARINERS FOURTH: 12 up, 12 down for the Mariners through 4. Aaron Cook, I mean Wei-Yin Chen, has thrown 40 pitches.
ORIOLES FOURTH: They got another runner to scoring position with two outs on a Thome single and a wild pitch, but Wieters grounded out. Hernandez has eight strikeouts — and has thrown 65 pitches. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD: Hernandez may be flashier, but Chen has gone nine up, nine down. Brendan Ryan hit a smash up the middle that he gloved for the third out. 0-0
ORIOLES THIRD: Felix struck out the side around a couple of Orioles hits — one a shattered-bat roller that just barely got through the right side of the infield. The runners moved up to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch before Hernandez struck out Hardy. He’s thrown 49 pitches through three. Hernandez’s stuff is electric tonight. Again. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: 12 batters so far, and seven of them have struck out. Montero and Olivo went down in the third. 0-0
ORIOLES SECOND: More of the same from Hernandez, who strikes out two more — including Thome looking. King’s Court is packed and very vocal tonight. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Chen, a lefty, needed just 10 pitches to get through the first, with a strikeout of Casper Wells. 0-0
ORIOLES FIRST: Felix looks like he has electric stuff again, striking out Avery ahnd Davis in a 1-2-3 first.
King Felix is back on the mound, coming off a brilliant outing in which he blanked the Red Sox on five hits, with 13 strikeouts. He’s working on a 15-inning scoreless streak, and is 2-0 with an 0.78 ERA over his last three starts.. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen is 7-4, 3.73.
Hernandez might to work carefully to Jim Thome, recently traded to Baltimore. Thome is 8-for-16 with three homers in his career off Felix.

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