(Mike Ricigliano / Special…)
How it happened: It looked bleak for the Orioles after seven innings. Seattle led 5-1 on the strength of three homers off Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, and Mariners starter Felix Hernandez had dominated them, striking out seven while allowing just five hits and two walks.
Hernandez, however, didn't come out for the eighth inning, having thrown 105 pitches. Reliever Brandon League took the mound for Seattle, and the Orioles got things started right away. Corey Patterson led with off with a solo homer to right field. Adam Jones struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. Nick Markakis singled, giving the Orioles runners on first and second with no outs. Miguel Tejada then hit into a fielder's choice, moving Jones to third. Ty Wigginton drew a walk to load the bases with one out.
Then came the game-changer. On the first pitch of his at-bat, Luke Scott smashed the ball over the wall in left-center, the grand slam giving the Orioles a 6-5 lead.
It wasn't close to over, however. Closer Alfredo Simon came on to try to get the save for the Orioles, and he certainly made things interesting. With one out, he hit the Mariners' Josh Wilson, then walked Ken Griffey Jr. After striking out Michael Saunders, Simon gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki.
Wilson rounded third and headed home, looking to tie the score. Patterson came through again, however, his strong throw to Matt Wieters cutting down Wilson at the plate and preserving the Orioles' victory.
He said it: "Moments like this, it kind of makes you feel like you can breathe again." -- Scott
You said it: "It may not ave been Millwood's day but Patterson sure tried hard to make the case for himself today with a homer and throwing out the last man at the plate. I'm not ready just yet to say that the O's got Andy's message and have "turned the corner", but hey, it's a win, I'll take it." -- Roy, commenting on Orioles Insider