September 10, 2005
SEATTLE - It was eight weeks ago that the Orioles were here last, leaving this Pacific Northwest city with Rafael Palmeiro's place in history and the team's spot in the standings seemingly secure. Palmeiro had his 3,000th hit and the Orioles were just one game behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in American League East after a four-game split with the Seattle Mariners at the time. Just who - Palmeiro or the team he plays for - has taken a bigger fall? Without Palmeiro, who is at home in Texas rehabbing injuries and trying to keep from becoming any more of a distraction after his steroid suspension, the Orioles lost for the 15th time in 20 games last night, falling, 3-2, to the Mariners before 27,429 at Safeco Field, and watching the potential game-tying run get thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning.