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August 6, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, Aug. 6: Mariners lose, 3-1

They made it interesting with two infield singles in the ninth off all-star closer Jim Johnson. But Eric Thames grounded — hard — to shorstop JJ Hardy, who got the force at second.
MARINERS EIGHTH: They finally scored, on a double by Thames, and a single by Kawasaki (raising his average to an even .200). But Kawasaki was thrown out at second when the throw home was cut off, and the Mariners rally didn’t get much farther. 3-1 Orioles.
MARINERS SEVENTH: A leadoff single for Jaso — and then strikeouts by Seager and Carp, and pop fly from Wells. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS SIXTH: A promising start — a bunt single by Kawasaki, who advances to second on an overthrow — but the inning fizzled from there. Kawasaki moved to third on Ackley’s groundout, but Saunders hit a hard comebacker fielded by Tillman, who held Kawasaki and got the out, and then Montero flied out to deep right. Still 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS FIFTH: Well, my 28-year streak of never covering a no-hitter rages on. Mike Carp, fresh off the airplane from California, beat the shift with an opposite-field single after Tillman had gotten to one out in the fifth with his no-no intact. But he got the next two outs without advancement. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FOURTH: Vargas had to work harder than he should have after Kawasaki totally lost Mark Reynolds’ towering two-out popup, which landed safely for a single (that’s two lost popups in two days for the M’s). But Quintanilla grounded out to end the inning. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners won’t have their second perfect game thrown against them this year. Michael Saunders ended that with a one-out walk. But Tillman still hasn’t allowed a hit through four. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES THIRD: Vargas gets back on track with a 1-2-3 inning, but the Mariners need to get some offense going, or it will be moot. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS THIRD: They’re still not making Tillman work. That was an eight-pitch inning, producing a ground out and two easy flies to left. Keep this up, and it’s going to be a long night for the Mariners. Actually, a short night. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES SECOND: The new month isn’t as kind to Vargas, so far, as the last one. He gave up three runs, one on a double by Mark Reynolds and the other two on a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer by Nick Markakis. 3-0 Orioles.
MARINERS SECOND: Another easy inning for Tillman, who has retired all six Mariner hitters on 21 pitches. 0-0
ORIOLES FIRST: AL Pitcher of the Month Jason Vargas got in some trouble, but worked out of it unscathed. Markakis led off with a single, and with two outs was doubled to third by ex-Mariner Adam Jones. But Matt Wieters hit a dribbler toward first that Vargas scooped up and then ran to first to make the play himself. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Three up, three down for Tillman.
Yes, Mike Carp is in the house. I’m not exactly sure when he showed up, but he’s in uniform and on the field warming up as the game is about to begin. I don’t think Eric Wedge wanted to go another game without Brendan Ryan and Carp, and now he’ll only have to be without his shortstop.
Ex-Mariner Chris Tillman is going for the Orioles against his former organization. Think he gets psyched up? In two previous starts against the Mariners, he’s 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA (14.1 ip, 1 ER). The Mariners hitting .102 against him.

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