Orioles slip past Mariners 5-4

Orioles slip past Mariners 5-4

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 03: Robert Andino #11 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases on a solo homer in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 3, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 2:56 PM

SEATTLE  -- Robert Andino homered in the ninth off Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night after starter Wei-Yin Chen flirted with a perfect game for more than six innings.

Andino's home run was his first since May 7 and fourth this season. It ended Furbush's (4-2) streak of 22 2-3 scoreless innings, the third longest by a reliever in Mariners history.

Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save. Darren O'Day (5-0) pitched just one-third of an inning, but picked up the win.

Baltimore reliever Pedro Strop struggled in the eighth when the Mariners scored three runs and tied the game. Michael Saunders' double ended Chen's night. Strop faced Justin Smoak, who was 2-for-2 with a walk in his career against Strop.

Smoak's single scored Saunders and John Jaso's pinch-hit single drove in Smoak following a Dustin Ackley single. Jaso is 4 for 10 this season pinch-hitting.

Strop walked Kyle Seager with the bases loaded to force in the tying run, ending his night after just one-third of an inning in which he allowed three hits, hit a batter, walked one and gave up two earned runs. Strop had allowed two earned runs in his prior 26 appearances combined.

Chen threw 7 1-3 innings, the first 6 1-3 perfect, allowed two hits and two earned runs while striking out a career-high nine.

Casper Wells' seventh-inning home run to left on a 3-2 pitch ended Chen's perfect run and the Mariners' night of careening toward infamy, since no team has had two perfect games thrown against them in a season.

Chicago's Phil Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners on April 21.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez lasted 5 1-3 innings, and allowed four earned runs and eight hits. He struck out eight and walked none.

Smoak led off the sixth with a soft liner after Chen had an extended wait during the Orioles' four-run rally in the top of the inning. Ackley flew out to left and Brendan Ryan popped out in foul territory to catcher Matt Wieters.

Chen was never threatened in the first five innings. The Mariners managed only one out in the outfield through the first five innings when Ichiro Suzuki flew to left leading off the game.

Ryan hit a line drive right back at Chen in the third that the left-hander snagged with his glove.

Baltimore pounced on Hernandez in the sixth for four runs and knocked him out of the game. The Orioles started the inning with four consecutive singles from Xavier Avery, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Jim Thome grounded out, but Wieters singled to center to score two runs and chase Hernandez.

The first run of the inning snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for Hernandez, who will be participating in next week's All-Star game.

The 2010 Cy Young winner had allowed two earned runs over his prior three starts combined. The four runs were more than the Orioles had scored in 13 of the previous 16 games.

Ryan Flaherty's one-out single to right in the third was the first hit of the night off Hernandez. After Andino struck out, Avery, activated Tuesday, hit a broken-bat grounder to left that moved Flaherty to third. Hernandez powered out of trouble with a strikeout of Hardy, Hernandez's seventh strikeout in the first three innings.

Notes: Baltimore placed second baseman Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right groin. Xavier Avery was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. . Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Franklin Gutierrez, who is on the seven-day disabled list because of concussion symptoms, is unlikely to be back prior to the All-Star break. . Seattle's Mike Carp (shoulder) participated in multiple batting practice sessions Tuesday, and will be worked back in primarily at first base. He is yet to throw. . Seattle signed No. 3 overall pick Mike Zunino on Tuesday. Zunino and his family were at Safeco Field, and Zunino took batting practice, hitting a handful of home runs.

 

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