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August 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, Aug. 8: Mariners lose, 9-2

MARINERS EIGHTH: Trayvon Robinson flied out with the bases loaded, and Mariners’ hopes of a miracle comeback are dimming. 9-2 Orioles.
ORIOLES SEVENTH: The Orioles had bases loaded, no outs, and didn’t score any more. But that was after scoring 2 in the inning to go up 9-2, so I doubt if they’re sweating it too much. Another very solid outing by Oliver Perez, however. Matt Wieters had two-run double in inning (off Josh Kinney) and has driven in five tonight. 9-2 Orioles.
ORIOLES SIXTH: Carter Capps is through two scoreless innings, and he adds the first two strikeouts of his career (Reynolds and Markakis). 7-2 Orioles.
MARINERS SIXTH: They finally got on the board when Seager followed a Montero single with a two-run homer, his 13th of the year, and second in as many nights. Seager now has 68 RBIs and could make a run at 100. Count that as one of the bright spots this season. 7-2 Orioles
ORIOLES FIFTH: Nice inning for Carter Capps, who gets three flyball outs after leadoff single by Adam Jones. I saw 2 fastballs clocked at 100. The rest were 98 or 99.
MARINERS FIFTH: Three easy out against rookie Steve Johnson, whom they’re making look like Jim Palmer. 7-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FOURTH: This one is rapidly getting out of hand. The Orioles used the longball to add three more runs, one on a solo homer by Mark Reynolds, then a two-run shot by Nick Markakis. Millwood just doesn’t have it tonight, and Carter Capps is warming up. 7-0 Orioles.
MARINERS FOURTH: They go down in order, with Robinson and Thames striking out. Mariners are putting forth a poor effort in every aspect tonight. 4-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES THIRD: Apparently, the Mariner want to follow the Orioles strategy from yesterday: First, fall behind big. It was a sloppy inning, as first Thames didn’t play the carom off the wall well to allow Markakis get a triple instead of a double, then Hardy singled right under the glove of Seager for an RBI. Another run scored on a ground out after Adam Jones got Hardy to third with a ringing double. 4-0 Orioles.
MARINERS THIRD: They get a one-out single by Jaso, but Seager struck out. The rookie Johnson has given up three hits and walked a batter through three shutout innings, with three strikeouts. 2-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES SECOND: A much more economical inning for Millwood, who needed just eight pitches to put down the Orioles. He’s remembered fondly here in Baltimore despite his 4-16 record with the Orioles in 2010.
MARINERS SECOND: Ouch. A big squandered opportunity for the Mariners, who load the bases with one out, only to have Munenori Kawasaki inexplicably drop down a bunt — and a bad one, right back to the pitcher. He easily forced Seager at the plate. Ackley popped out, and so much for that rally. 2-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIRST: An excruciating 37-pitch inning for Millwood, who gives up a two-run double by Wieters that popped out of the glove of Eric Thames as he made a leaping effort on the run.
MARINERS FIRST: An auspicious start for rookie Steve Johnson in his first major-league start — and an inauspicious beginning for the Mariners. Johnson threw 12 pitches, all strikes, and struck out the side. He got Ackley and Saunders on three pitches apiece, and went 0-2 on Montero — one pitch away from fanning the side on nine pitches. Montero singled to right, but then Johnson whiffed Jaso on three pitches.
The Mariners will try to salvage one game from this three-game series behind Kevin Millwood.

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