Halama hits spot for O's in win

Reliever starts, goes solid 5

Hernandez has 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

Orioles 14 Mariners 4

May 24, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

SEATTLE -- The idea was to somehow find a way to get the ball to closer Chris Ray with a lead, no matter the means. It began with five innings from John Halama, who made his last start eight months ago and continued with a shaky one-third of an inning from top prospect Adam Loewen in his major league debut.

Todd Williams came on for 1 2/3 innings and then LaTroy Hawkins sweated through two outs, and at last, Ray was on the mound with the Orioles clinging to a one-run lead and the tying run on third with two outs in the eighth inning. He struck out pinch hitter Jeremy Reed and then watched the Orioles' offense strike for nine runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away.

O's@Mariners Tonight, 10:05, no TV, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Kris Benson (6-3, 3.86) vs. Mariners' Jarrod Washburn (2-5, 3.81)

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