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Mariners 4, Orioles 3

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 26 2014 03:22:39 PM AKDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2014 03:22:40 PM AKDT

SEATTLE -- The Baltimore Orioles' bats came alive a little too late Saturday afternoon and a 4-0 deficit proved too difficult to overcome.

The Orioles rallied to pull within one run in the eighth inning, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle starter Chris Young (9-6) threw seven shutout innings of two-hit ball to put the Mariners (54-50) in control, but an eighth-inning error committed by third baseman Kyle Seager opened the door for three unearned Baltimore runs.

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney threw out a runner trying to steal in the ninth to finish off the win while earning his first save since the All-Star Break. Rodney, who blew his last save opportunity last weekend in Los Angeles, earned his American League-leading 28th save of the season and the 200th of his career.

Rodney gave up a one-out walk to pinch hitter David Lough before right fielder Nick Markakis lofted a fly to left field for the second out of the inning. With designated hitter Delmon Young at the plate with an 0-2 count, Lough broke for second base. Rodney turned and caught him, throwing to second baseman Robinson Cano for the game's final out.

The return of third baseman Manny Machado couldn't give Baltimore's offense much of a lift, as the Orioles scratched out just three hits. Machado went 0 for 4 after missing four consecutive games with back spasms.

The Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak while scoring more than three runs for the first time since Monday. They matched their run total from the previous three games in the third inning alone, scoring three times off four hits, a hit batter and an intentional walk.

Catcher Jesus Sucre and leftfielder Dustin Ackley had third-inning hits to put runners on second and third before Baltimore starter Bud Norris intentionally walked Cano to load the bases. New designated hitter Kendrys Morales then got hit by a pitch to drive in a run for a 1-0 lead. Seager and first baseman Logan Morrison had RBI singles to push the lead to 3-0.

Cano added an RBI double in the fifth inning to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

Norris (8-7) allowed four earned runs off six hits in five innings. The nine Mariners in Saturday's starting lineup are now hitting a combined .359 for their career against Norris.

Seattle's Young struck out eight batters while keeping the Orioles' bats at bay for seven innings. Reliever Danny Farquhar got the first two outs of the eighth inning before issuing a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Left-hander Joe Beimel came on to face Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who hit a sharp grounder that Seager let roll into the outfield to score two runs. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy followed with an RBI single to pull Baltimore within 4-3.

Young improved to 6-3 while lowering his ERA to 2.21 at home this season.

NOTES: Seattle RF Endy Chavez, originally batting leadoff for Saturday's game, was a last-minute scratch due to a jammed left pinky. That set in motion a few lineup changes, with CF James Jones moving up a spot to the leadoff hole, LF Dustin Ackley moving up four spots to No. 2 and RF Corey Hart being inserted into the lineup to replace Chavez. ... The Orioles plan to send starter Ubaldo Jimenez on a rehab assignment after a successful simulated game in Seattle earlier this week. Jimenez will likely make two rehab starts before being re-evaluated for a possible removal from the 15-day disabled list. He went on the DL on July 8 due to a sprained ankle. ... Mariners LHP James Paxton (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. He has a pitch count of around 75-80 and, depending on how it goes, could be added to the Mariners' rotation as soon as next weekend.