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April 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, April 30: Mariners lose, 7-2

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The Mariners weren’t able to recover from Brandon Maurer’s rocky first inning, in which he gave up four runs, as their three-game losing streak was snapped. Mike Morse had his eighth homer, one of the few bright spots.

MARINERS SIXTH: Mariners get one back on Morse homer, but get only one additional run out of bases-loaded, no-out situatin, that on Shoppach fielder’s choice before Ryan hit into DP. 6-2 Orioles.

ORIOLES SIXTH: They bunch three one-out hits for two more runs, with Chris Dickerson driving in both with a soft single to center off Beavan. Dickerson had one hit this year coming in, three tonight. 6-0 Orioles.

Blake Beavan takes over for Brandon Maurer in fifth.

MARINERS FOURTH: M’s have had baserunners each inning — three hits and three walks — but can’t get a clutch hit, trail 4-0.

ORIOLES THIRD: Maurer threw 32 pitches in the first, but needed just 20 to get through the next two. Nice recovery, but the Mariners have stranded four through two, and trail 4-0.

ORIOLES SECOND: Maurer has much smoother second. Gives up bunt single to Dickerson but thrown out stealing by Shoppach.

MARINERS FIRST: Two-out singles by Morales and Morse off South Kitsap HS grad Jason Hammel, but Bay grounds out on full count. 4-0 Orioles

ORIOLES FIRST: It was an extremely rocky inning for Maurer, reminiscent of his second start, in which he gave up six runs and was knocked out by the Astros. This time, he gave up “just” four runs, and made it through, albeit throwing 32 pitches. A leadoff homer by Nate McLouth set the tone, followed by a Manny Machado double and two wild pitches for another run. Matt Wieters doubled home two more runs. 4-0 Orioles.

Brandon Maurer tries to give the Mariners their fourth win in a row. He has allowed just three earned runs in his last 17 innings, a 1.59 ERA, after posting a 16.20 ERA in his first two starts.

“I think he l earned a great deal from  his first two starts, and good for him,” Wedge said. “I think he took in the good, the bad and the ugly, and he learned from it. I think that’s important. He’s a tough kid. He didn’t shy away from anything. Made a few adjustments, one of which, with time, was just being more comfortable, pitching with a better tempo, which allows everything to work better.”

In his last start, Maurer worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels. Orioles starter Jason Hammel is 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA. He graduated from South Kitsap High School, alma mater of Willie Bloomquist. Hammel is 1-1, 3.79 in four career appearances (three starts) against the Mariners. In two starts at Safeco Field, he is 0-1, 3.55.

The Orioles starter last night, Zach Britton, was optioned to Triple-A today and replaced by reliever Zach Clark.

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