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September 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, Sept. 17: Mariners lose, 10-4

They did get a two-run homer from John Jaso in the ninth, and loaded the bases with two outs, but the hole they dug was far too deep. All of Seattle’s runs came on homers by Saunders, Thames and Jaso. Trayvon Robinson struck out to end it. Moral victory: They forced Buck Showalter to get closer Jim Johnson up in the ninth.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Hey, another run — a solo homer by Eric Thames. It’s 10-2.
ORIOLES EIGHTH: Good outing so far for Kelley, who has retired all six batters he’s faced — the only 1-2-3 innings for the Mariners tonight. But they trail 10-1.
MARINERS SIXTH: Ackley gets a one-out single to end a streak of 12 straight outs by Tillman, but he dies there. Tillman is dominating the Mariners once again. 10-1 Orioles.
MARINERS FIFTH: Another 1-2-3 for Tillman, who has retired 11 in a row since Saunders’ HR in second.9-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIFTH: Chris Davis goes down on 100 mph heat from Carter Capps to end fifth. Still 9-1 Orioles.
MARINERS FOURTH: Tillman has retired eight in a row since Saunders’ HR. John Jaso really has a tough 0-for-2 tonight. A drive to the wall in center, and a scorcher right at Andino. 9-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES FOURTH: Two more runs for the Orioles on a double by Adam Jones (now hitting .323, 50-for-155, against his former team) and a two-run homer for Matt Wieters, who was a high school teammate of Justin Smoak’s in Goose Creek, S.C. 9-1 Orioles.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s go down 1-2-3.
ORIOLES THIRD: Perez is restoring some order here, giving up only a walk to Nate McLouth (who has batted three times in three innings, as has J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis). But can the Mariners make a game of it, down 7-1 against a guy who has owned them this year?
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners get one run back on Michael Saunders’s 16th home run, which went to the opposite field. Jaso nearly hit one out right before, but he got Safecoed at the CF wall. 7-1 Orioles.
ORIOLES SECOND: Noesi didn’t make it out of the second inning in a pefectly dreadful return to big-league starting. He’s charged with seven runs (six earned), in 1 1/3 innings. Noesi gave up eight hits — two for each out he got. Oliver Perez came in to get the final two outs. 7-0 Orioles.
MARINERS FIRST: Two-out double by Seager, but Montero fouls out on a nice catch near the stands by Reynolds. 3-0 Orioles.
ORIOLES FIRST: Rough return for Noesi, who threw 31 pitches and gave up three runs. Most disturbing was the 0-2 homer he gave up to leadoff hitter Nate McLouth, the continuation of a season-long problem. It was his fifth homer given up on 0-2. Noesi then got two quick outs before waking Adam Jones and giving up three straight hits for two more runs. In fairness, the last of those hits was a swinging bunt by Mark Reynolds. 3-0 Orioles.
Hector Noesi is back with a start, his first since July 4 against these same Orioles. He lost that game, his eighth straight defeat, to fall to 2-11, and soon found himself demoted to Tacoma. Noesi was 2-6 with a 5.74 ERA in 11 starts for the Rainiers, making him a combined 4-17 this season. Now he has a chance to leave a better impression heading into the offseason, so I’d say this is a pretty important start for Noesi.
One thing Noesi has to do — and this doesn’t take a genius — is cut down on his hojme runs. He gave up 20 in 100 2/3 innings, which obviously won’t cut it. Four of those 20 homers were on an 0-2 count, another sore point of his during his first stint — an inability to put away hitters.
The Orioles, who enter the game one game behind the Yankees in the AL East (but safely in playoff position as the second wild card) are 5-1 against the Mariners this year, and 8-17 against the rest of the AL West.

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