8 is enough to keep most Orioles quiet

August 19, 1993|By From Staff Reports

SEATTLE -- After their eighth consecutive loss, some of the Orioles didn't even want to talk about it.

Not manager Johnny Oates. Not reliever Alan Mills.

And those who did talk about Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners sounded discouraged.

"You go into the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, and you feel like you're going to put an end to this losing streak," reliever Jim Poole said.

"It doesn't matter [how well] I did," starter Fernando Valenzuela said. "The final score is the only thing that counts."

Valenzuela (6-7) gave up just three hits through seven innings and looked as if he was going to even his record for the first time since putting on an Orioles uniform. But the Seattle Mariners rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Valenzuela yielded back-to-back doubles to Brian Turang and Ken Griffey to open the eighth.

It would have taken a big assist from the Orioles bullpen to get Valenzuela out of this jam. Todd Frohwirth came on to give up a bouncer through the right side to put runners at first and third. Poole got a big strikeout, but Mills gave up a walk and a two-run single to Bret Boone to put the Mariners in front.

The loss, coupled with another win by first-place Toronto, dropped the Orioles 6 1/2 games out of first place. It also extended the Orioles' losing streak to the same length as the winning streak that preceded it.

The Orioles hadn't lost eight straight since July 19-27, 1989, and the streak equaled the longest since the infamous 21-game losing streak that opened the 1988 season.

Right-hander Chris Bosio (6-7), who last faced the Orioles in the brawl game on June 6, pitched eight innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and got one inning of help from veteran reliever Ted Power.

Valenzuela probably pitched a better game, but ended up with his fifth consecutive no-decision.

Valenzuela came into the game with a 10-start unbeaten string that dates back to June 19, but he still was fighting for his place in the starting rotation.

He has not won since he pitched back-to-back six-hitters against Minnesota on July 18 and 27. In his four straight no-decisions leading to Tuesday's game, his ERA was 10.59.

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