Play It Again

July 08, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Only Nick Markakis' fourth-inning single to left field prevented Mariners veteran left-hander Jarrod Washburn from throwing a perfect game. Washburn retired the first 11 Orioles and the final 16 in the first one-hit shutout of his lengthy career. It was also the first one-hitter thrown by a Mariner in the 10-year history of Safeco Field.


Orioles rookie Brad Bergesen didn't pitch poorly in suffering his first loss since May 19, but he did make two costly mistakes, allowing a solo homer to Russell Branyan in the first and a two-run double to Chris Woodward in the sixth. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks over six innings, his seventh quality start in his past eight outings.


The Orioles conclude their seven-game road trip at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday as rookie right-hander David Hernandez (2-2, 4.15) takes the mound opposite Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas (3-3, 4.14). Vargas is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Orioles this year. Hernandez was beaten by the Mariners in his second major league start.


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