Orioles Sweep Mariners with 2-1 Win

Going to extra innings again, J.J. Hardy pulls through for the win after a great performance by Zach Britton.

The Orioles swept the Mariners in extra innings with the 2-1 win. Brandon League was handed the loss while Jim Johnson got the win.

Through the first seven innings, there was a great pitchers duel as both teams remained scoreless. Seattle was held to only three hits—all being singles. The O's got hits in seven of the first seven innings—all singles as well—but the M's erased runners getting double plays in the first three innings as well. Baltimore left two runners in scoring position while Seattle never got a runner there until the tenth.

The Mariners were sat down in order in the eighth as Zach Britton retired 10 straight, retiring the side in order from the sixth to the eighth. Mark Reynolds leadoff the bottom of the inning with the first walk of the game and was replaced on the bases with pinch runner Felix Pie. Pie moved up to scoring position when Andino made a sacrifice bunt. Once again, the O's threatened but failed to come through as Brian Roberts grounded out to third and Nick Markakis struck out looking.

Both teams were three up and three down in the ninth.

Justin Smoak started off the tenth inning drawing a leadoff walk off of Kevin Gregg. Smoak was moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Olivo. Jack Cust was given the intentional walk to set up the double play hit into by Mike Wilson to end the inning.

Ichiro leadoff the twelfth with an infield single, the first hit the Mariners had since the fifth inning. After two ground outs, Miguel Olivo singled to left field to drive in Ichiro. The O's threatened in the bottom of the inning as Derrek Lee singled to start it and then Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones got back-to-back hit by pitches to load the bases with no outs. J.J. Hardy singled up the middle to get the win for the O's.

Britton had amazing command over his 9.0 innings of work—a career high for him. He allowed only three hits, all of the being singles, on 108 pitches with 76 for strikes. He faced only 29 batters, seeing three in six innings. He retired the side in order in the last four innings he pitched, getting 13 straight outs. Britton struck out five—one shy of his career high—and did not surrender a walk in his no decision.

Gregg pitched 1.0 inning, giving up two walks—one intentional—before ending the inning. Jim Johnson took the eleventh to go three up and three down. He stayed on in the twelfth, giving up a run.

Jason Vargas went the full scoreless 9.0 innings as well, surrendering seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. Jamey Wright came on in the tenth, facing only three and getting two K's. Brandon League took the mound in the twelfth, giving up two runs to blow the save.

Neither team had a walk through seven or an extra base hit the entire game. Robert Andino, Brian Roberts—who snapped an 0-for-26—and Matt Wieters had multi-hit games. Wieters also threw out Luis Rodriguez in the fifth innings to bring his numbers to 11-for-21 in catching base stealers. The Orioles were three and three down five times on the night and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position but got the leadoff man on four times.

Heading to Tampa Bay, Jeremy Guthrie (1-5) will take the mound to face Jeremy Hellickson (3-2) and the Rays.

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