Seattle's offense managed 5 runs in the first two innings off Oriole's starter Zach Britton, but only scored 2 runs off the Orioles bullpen in the final 12 frames during Tuesday night's game in Baltimore, losing 8-7. 3B Kyle Seager homered with two on and two outs in the first inning to add to his Major League leading two-out RBI total and C Miguel Olivo followed up in the second inning with a long ball of his own to put the Mariners up 4-0. Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters smacked two homers in this one to bring the Orioles close but the real damage came in the 6th inning when Mariners LHP Lucas Luetge came in on relief for Starter Blake Beavan who gave up 3 runs in 1/3 inning.
It seemed that every time the Mariners would take the lead, the home team would come back in the bottom half of the inning to bring it close. The fight in Baltimore's hitters – marked by the first home run of the year given up by Mariners LHP Lucas Luetge – kept them close in this one as Orioles SS J.J. Hardy homered off of Luetge in the 6th to tie the game, eventually leading to extra-innings.
In a controversial call leading off the home half of the 14th inning, 2B Dustin Ackley dove for a ball off the bat of fellow 2B Omar Quintanilla and made a nice diving play and throw to Mike Carp at 1B. However, 1B umpire Brian Knight saw the play differently, claiming Carp pulled his foot off the bag before recording the out. Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge scurried on to the field to argue the call but eventually saw himself be thrown out of the game for the first time this year.
Eric Wedge – as evidenced by his track record – is generally a quiet Manager who tends to bite his lip, however, during a game in which he watched his team blow a lead and subsequently exhaust his bullpen, Wedge had seen enough on this night and made his voice heard in front of 15,433 fans at Camden Yards on Tuesday night arguing the call at first base. After the ejection a single, sacrifice, and walk set the table for the aforementioned Adam Jones to smoke a single to right field scoring the winning run in 14 innings.
Up Next: The Mariners look to get back on track as they are only 1-4 on this road trip and hope to avoid a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles (who are only .5 GB in the AL Wild Card). RHP Kevin Millwood will take on RHP Steve Johnson who will be making his Major League Debut. Gametime: 7:10 PM ET
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