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August 7, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, Aug. 7: Mariners lose 8-7 in 14 innings

Tough ending, featuring a controversial call at first on the leadoff hitter in the 14th, and a walk-off single by Adam Jones. Wedge was ejected after the first base ump ruled that Mike Carp pulled his foot, and I don’t think he did, either. The Orioles then loaded the bases with one out off Kelley (in his third inning) before Casper Wells couldn’t grab Jones’s sinking liner to right. Even if he had, the runner, Omar Quintanilla probably tags up and scores anyway.
MARINERS 14TH: The Mariners have now been shut out for the last eight innings, but their brilliant relief is matching Baltimore. Kelley still in for his third inning.
ORIOLES 12Th: If Mariners pull this out, it will be on the strength of fantastic relief. Kinney, Perez and Kelley have retired all 12 they’ve faced since the ninth (and Pryor retired the last three he faced in the eighth, so relievers have retired 15 in a row. But they need to score.
ORIOLES 11TH: What an outing for Perez, who retires the Orioles in order, striking out two. Six up, six down.
MARINERS 11TH: Mariners down in order. Perez is back out.
ORIOLES 10TH: Great 1-2-3 inning for Oliver Perez, who strikes out McLouth looking for third out.
MARINERS 10TH: Kawasaki reached on an infield single with one out, but after a force out and strikeout (Robinson), they can’t break the tie. The Orioles, by the way, are 11-2 in extra-inning games this year, with 11 wins in a row. Mariners are 5-6. Oliver Perez will pitch bottom of 10th.
ORIOLES NINTH: We’re headed to extras after a solid inning by Josh Kinney, who entered with 15 strikeouts in nine innings (adding one more) and a .129 opponents average. I have bad memories of extra-inning games at Camden Yards. 7-7.
ORIOLES EIGHTH: Pryor gets safely through the inning after a leadoff, broken-bat single by McLouth. Of the five outs Pryor has gotten, four are via strikeout. 7-7.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Mariners go 1-2-3, and will try to hold off the Orioles now. Pryor is going back out to pitch bottom of 8th. 7-7
ORIOLES SEVENTH: And it’s a whole new game as the Orioles tie it with four runs, the big blow a three-run homer by J.J. Hardy. Wedge left Lucas Luetge in to pitch to Hardy, despite his much lower average off right-handed pitchers. Luetge faced four batters and gave up three hits and a long out. Hardy’s homer was the first he’s given up all season in 30.3 innings. Pryor came in and got out of the inning despite a two-out double by Wieters, who is having quite a night. 7-7
ORIOLES SIXTH: Beavan gives up another homer to Wieters — again to dead center — but gets through six innings with a 7-3 lead. Not his best effort, but Beavan’s in line for his fifth straight wins since returning from Tacoma.
MARINERS SIXTH: Back, by popular demand: The Mariners offense. They used four hits, plus another Baltimore error (they have two in the game) to knock out Britton and score two runs. Big hits: Triple by Casper Wells (originally ruled double and error, but changed to triple) and RBI singles by Carp and Ackley. Olivo was thrown out at the plate by Adam Jones trying to score from second on Ackley’s hit. 7-2 Mariners.
ORIOLES FIFTH: Beavan got a much-needed quick inning — nine pitches to take his pitch count to 80. The inning ended on a great catch of a Chris Davis foul by Trayvon Robinson, who crashed into the wall but hung on. It appeared he might be hurt but Robinson seems OK. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: On the verge of getting KO’d in the second, Britton has held Mariners hitless for last 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. He fanned Saunders and Seager in the fifth. 5-2 Mariners.
ORIOLES FOURTH: And now Beavan has found a groove (are these guys copying each other? He gets the Orioles in order for the first time all night. But he’s thrown 71 pitches. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Britton has found a groove. He struck out Kawasaki and Ackley to start the inning. Trayvon Robinson walked but was thrown out handily on a stolen-base attempt as the Orioles pitched out. 5-2 Mariners.
ORIOLES THIRD: And a nice recovery for Beavan, too. He gives up a one-out single to Adam Jones, but nothing else, striking out Betemit, looking, for hte third out. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Nice recovery by Britton, who gets the Mariners out 1-2-3.
ORIOLES SECOND: A tough inning for Beavan, who gives up three hits — including a homer by Matt Wieters — and a walk as Orioles score two runs. But he strands runners on first and third. 5-2 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: They get two more, and leave the bases loaded. Miguel Olivo homered, and Trayvon Robinson delivered an RBI single. Orioles manager Buck Showalter elected to walk Jesus Montero with runners on second and third to face lefty Seager despite his earlier homer, and the strategy paid off when Seager lined out to Britton for the third out. The Mariners scored seven runs in the first four games of the road trip, and they have five after two innings tonight. 5-0 Mariners.
ORIOLES FIRST: Beavan gives up a leadoff single to Nick Markakis but gets out of the first unscathed. He struck out Chris Davis looking. Looks like he’s mixing his pitches well again. 3-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: Quite an auspicious beginning as Kyle Seager blasts a three-run homer with two outs, his 12th of the year, and his 38th, 39th and 40th two-out RBIs, most in the majors. All the runs were unearned, by virtue of an error by Orioles pitcher Zach Britton on a swinging bunt by leadoff man Dustin Ackley. Britton fumbled the ball and didn’t have a play. With two outs, Jesus Montero reached on an infield single — a ball that third baseman Wilson Betemit knocked down but couldn’t make a play on. Saunders followed with his homer to right on a 1-0 pitch. 3-0 Mariners.
Blake Beavan tries to keep his hot streak going. Since his minor-league stint, he’s 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA, and in his last three starts, he’s 3-0, 2.01. By contrast, in his last three starts before being sent down to Tacaoma, he was 1-2 with an 11.77 ERA.
Orioles starter Zach Britton started the year on the DL with a shoulder injury and has an 8.35 ERA in four starts. On the other hand, he led the Orioles with 11 victories last year, and in his only start against Seattle, he blanked them for nine innings on May 12 of last season. That was the game in which Jason Vargas matched Britton with nine zeroes. The Mariners scored in the 12th, only to have Brandon League, in the midst of one of the worst weeks a close has ever had, give up two runs in the bottom of the 12th on a two-run single by J.J. Hardy.

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