Two runs in eighth sink Orioles

Guthrie goes deep, but he can't come away with first win

Mariners 4 Orioles 2

April 23, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

SEATTLE -- Jeremy Guthrie again did just about all he could do, getting deep in the game while holding down the Seattle Mariners. But again, it wasn't good enough to get the Orioles' top starter his first victory of the season.

Jose Vidro broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single off Guthrie with the bases loaded, giving the Mariners a 4-2 victory over the Orioles in front of an announced 17,780 on a cold night at Safeco Field.

It was a disappointing start to a seven-game road trip for the Orioles (11-9), who squandered several early opportunities to break the game open against Seattle starter Felix Hernandez, and also gave the Mariners a run on catcher Ramon Hernandez's throwing error in the fifth inning.

Guthrie, who turned in the Orioles' longest outing of the season, allowed just two runs (one earned) and three hits through seven innings. But Yuniesky Betancourt led off the eighth with a double. Guthrie retired Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Lopez, bringing up Raul Ibanez to the plate. Left-hander Jamie Walker was ready in the bullpen, but manager Dave Trembley chose to have Guthrie walk Ibanez to face Adrian Beltre, who was 0-for-12 against the Orioles pitcher with four strikeouts.

Guthrie walked Beltre on a 3-2 count, bringing up the switch-hitting Vidro. He drove a 1-1 pitch past second baseman Brian Roberts and into right field, scoring two runs. Guthrie was then removed from the game and on the hook for his second loss.

J.J. Putz, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless ninth, giving the Mariners (11-10) their first victory over the Orioles in five tries this season. He allowed a leadoff double to Aubrey Huff, but struck out Adam Jones and Ramon Hernandez, and then retired pinch hitter Jay Payton on a groundout.

Seattle broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning, thanks to a throwing error by the Orioles' Hernandez. He tried to throw behind Suzuki at first base and the throw wound up down the right-field line. Betancourt, who was on second, ran through third base coach Sam Perlozzo's stop sign and slid in ahead of Nick Markakis' throw.

Huff tied the game at one for the Orioles in the sixth inning, blasting Felix Hernandez's 1-2 pitch 412 feet into the right center field seats. It was Huff's third homer of the year and it was the Orioles' first run off the Mariners' young right-hander since the first inning.

They had six base runners reach against Hernandez through the first two innings, but managed only the one run on Kevin Millar's RBI single in the first inning.

The Orioles faced Hernandez on April 6 and were held to no runs on five hits through eight innings. However, they rallied for three runs in the ninth against the Mariners' bullpen on their way to an uplifting four-game sweep of Seattle at Camden Yards.

This time, they jumped on Hernandez in the first inning. Roberts led off with a single and then scored on Millar's one-out bloop single to right-center field. However, the Orioles, who had runners on first and third after Millar's hit, couldn't get score again in the inning. Hernandez struck out Luke Scott and Huff looking to end the inning.

The Orioles had another opportunity to do damage in the second after the Mariners tied the game in the bottom of the first on Ibanez's groundout that scored Suzuki, who led off with a triple. The Orioles loaded the bases in the second on a one-out double by Ramon Hernandez and two two-out walks to Roberts and Melvin Mora. Felix Hernandez steadied himself and struck out Markakis on four pitches.jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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