Surg­ing Ori­oles rally to beat Mariners 8-7 for 7th straight vic­tory

The Province - - SPORTS / BASEBALL - DAVID GINSBURG

BAL­TI­MORE — Dur­ing a seven-game win­ning streak that’s turned around their sea­son, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles have found all sorts of ways to come out on top.

Their lat­est vic­tory fea­tured an im­pres­sive come­back, four home runs and a very timely re­play chal­lenge.

Wel­ing­ton Castillo went 4 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop sin­gled in the go-ahead run in the eighth in­ning and Bal­ti­more beat the Seat­tle Mariners 8-7 on Wed­nes­day for a three-game sweep.

Less than 24 hours af­ter sub­du­ing the Mariners be­hind a sen­sa­tional pitch­ing per­for­mance by Dy­lan Bundy, the Ori­oles called upon their power-laden lineup to off­set a poor start by Ubaldo Jimenez.

“At this time we’ve been able to dial up what was needed on a given day,” manager Buck Showal­ter said.

“I think we kind of know it’s, ‘OK, what do we need to do tonight to win?’ ”

Schoop, Trey Mancini and Craig Gen­try went deep for the Ori­oles, whose seven-game run is a sea­son high. In this one, Bal­ti­more fell be­hind 6-2 in the third in­ning be­fore com­ing back.

Mitch Haniger home­red and hit two dou­bles for Seat­tle, which com­pleted an ar­du­ous 12-game East Coast trip with five straight de­feats. Af­ter win­ning two of three in Tampa Bay and At­lanta, the Mariners went 1-2 at Yan­kee Sta­dium and came up empty against the siz­zling Ori­oles.

While Bal­ti­more has been find­ing ways to win, the Mariners are do­ing the ex­act op­po­site.

“There’s been dif­fer­ent rea­sons for the losses,” manager Scott Ser­vais said. “Some of it’s been lack of of­fence. To­day we had plenty of of­fence. It’s been dif­fer­ent areas.”

Af­ter Bal­ti­more went up 7-6 in the sixth in­ning on a bases loaded sac­ri­fice fly by Manny Machado, Seat­tle pulled even in the eighth when Haniger con­nected off Brad Brach (4-4).

In the bot­tom half, Castillo sin­gled off Chris­tian Bergman (4-5) and went to sec­ond base on a sac­ri­fice bunt be­fore be­ing re­placed by pinch-run­ner Caleb Joseph.

Tim Beck­ham then hit a liner to short, and Joseph was called out on the re­lay to sec­ond. But a re­play over­turned the call, and Schoop fol­lowed an in­ten­tional walk to Machado with a sin­gle to cen­tre off Marc Rzepczyn­ski.

Zach Brit­ton pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

“Ev­ery­thing is work­ing out now,” Castillo said. “The pitch­ers are pitch­ing bet­ter. We’re hit­ting bet­ter. We’re play­ing de­fence bet­ter.”

Mancini hit his 23rd home run and Castillo added an RBI dou­ble in the sec­ond for a 2-0 lead, but Seat­tle an­swered with a six-run third that in­cluded a two-run dou­ble by Haniger and two-run sin­gles by Mike Zunino and Nel­son Cruz, the lat­ter of which ric­o­cheted off sec­ond base.

Jimenez was charged with all six runs, but Bal­ti­more’s ro­bust of­fence even­tu­ally took him off the hook.

Castillo home­red with a man on in the fourth and Gen­try fol­lowed with a drive to right. Schoop tied it in the fifth with his 30th home run, and Seat­tle starter Ariel Mi­randa faced one more bat­ter be­fore be­ing pulled.

It was the fifth time this sea­son that Mi­randa al­lowed at least six runs.

Sweet sweeps

Adding this sweep to their three-game dom­i­na­tion of Bos­ton over the week­end, the Ori­oles reg­is­tered back-to-back sweeps of three­game se­ries for the first time since June 11-16, 1999, against At­lanta and Kansas City.

Trainer’s room

Mariners: RHP Felix Her­nan­dez (shoul­der) and LHP James Pax­ton (pec­toral) are ex­pected to throw bullpen ses­sions this week­end in Seat­tle. Re­liever David Phelps left with an el­bow is­sue.

“This arm just doesn’t want to get ex­tended. It’s frus­trat­ing,” Phelps said. He’ll be ex­am­ined this week in Seat­tle.

Ori­oles: SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) will likely come off the DL “some­time be­tween Sept. 1 and Sept. 4,” Showal­ter said, adding that Hardy’s re­cov­ery has been ham­pered by “spring train­ing shoul­der.”

Up next

Mariners: Af­ter a day off Thurs­day, Seat­tle opens a nine-game home­s­tand with a se­ries against Oak­land. RHP Yo­vani Gal­lardo (4-10, 6.29 ERA) looks to turn the cal­en­dar with his first start of Septem­ber af­ter go­ing 0-3 in Au­gust.

Ori­oles: Last-place Toronto comes to town Thurs­day to open a four-game se­ries.

— THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mike Zunino of the Mariners sin­gles to drive in Robin­son Cano and Mitch Haniger in a six-run third in­ning but Seat­tle still fell 8-7 to the Ori­oles in Bal­ti­more on Wed­nes­day. The win gave the surg­ing Ori­oles a three-game sweep.

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