Orioles hold on to beat Seattle 2-1

A very solid return by Matusz was supplemented by two homers to end the losing streak.

In the series finale, the Orioles avoided the sweep and snapped a five game losing streak with the 2-1 win over Seattle. Jim Johnson got his fourth win while Jamey Wright took the loss. Kevin Gregg recorded his ninth save of the season.

J.J. Hardy put the Orioles on the board in the second, getting his second homer off Pineda in just three at-bats against the starter.

The M's got the run right back in the bottom of the inning as Miguel Olivo started the inning off with a single to left field and tagged up to take second base on a fly out by Franklin Gutierrez. Jack Wilson drove him in with a single to center field, tying up the game.

Baltimore regained the lead late in the game in the eighth inning when Adam Jones went yard for a solo shot.

In Brian Matusz's return, he worked 5.2 solid innings, retiring 10 in a row from the third inning to the sixth inning with it ending on a runner reaching on an error. Throwing 81 pitches while out on the mound, he allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three and did not give up a walk. He came back today looking as good as he did when he left. He finished his pitches well and did not have any location or control problems.

Jim Johnson came on to finish the sixth in one batter and stayed on to work 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering one hit. Koji Uehara threw the eighth, retiring the side in order. Kevin Gregg came on to close the game and went three up, three down.

Michael Pineda went 7.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits. Jamey Wright took the mound in the eighth to give up one run on one hit. David Pauley came on in relief in the ninth, hitting Nolan Reimold with a pitch before ending the inning.

Nick Markakis had his first major league start at first base today and handled the position change well. He takes ground balls at the position during practice and has played it before. Showing off his skills today, he made a few good plays—digging a poor throw on a double play in the first—and almost saved an error but was a bit too short. On balls hit to him, he fielded the ball just as cleanly as he does in right field.

Mark Reynolds committed an error in the sixth inning, bringing the total to seven errors on the road trip. The Orioles continue to use the longball as their source for runs as they left the yard twice today, being for the two runs earned. Jones and Hardy were the lone forces at the plate today with Jones going 3-for-4 and Hardy, 2-for-4. While not being overly productive at the plate, Baltimore got at least one runner on base in seven of the nine innings.

Baltimore has an off day tomorrow as they come home to take on the Blue Jays this weekend. Zach Britton (5-3) will take the mound to face Carlos Villanueva (2-0) on Friday.

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