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But as the Mariners began to rally in the eighth inning, manager Mike Hargrove walked over and asked him two questions: Can he play? Can he hit?
Vidro said yes to both and he followed up with a game-tying pinch-hit single to begin the Mariners' two-out, four-run rally in a 7-4 victory.
"All the pain goes away in a situation like that," Vidro said. "You don't think about anything. You just go up there and try to hit. I'm glad it happened for me there, in that situation."
The Mariners trailed 4-3 when Yuniesky Betancourt and Willie Bloomquist hit successive two-out singles. Ben Broussard was announced as the pinch hitter, forcing Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo to bring in lefty John Parrish. That's when Hargrove approached Vidro.
"It (finger) was swollen big time yesterday and today," Vidro said. "I thought I wasn't going to be able to help the ballclub."
Vidro bounced a 3-1 pitch up the middle, driving in Betancourt. Suzuki then sliced his double into the left-field corner to score Bloomquist and Lopez added the final two runs with a double into the right-field corner, as the Mariners sent nine batters to the plate.
"Johnny made a good pitch and (Vidro) hit a 15-hopper up the middle and Ichiro came through with another hit and that pretty much sealed it," Perlozzo said.
Chad Bradford (0-2) took the loss, yielding two runs on two hits in 2-3 of an inning.
George Sherrill (2-0) retired two batters in the eighth to pick up the win. J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Roberts, hitting .459 (17 of 37) over his past 10 games, had three doubles and scored a run for the Orioles. Nick Markakis had a pair of RBI singles.
Erik Bedard went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. Six of Bedard's last eight starts have been no-decisions.
"All I can do is throw strikes and keep your team in the ballgame and hopefully the wins will come," Bedard said.
The Orioles struck quickly against Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez. Roberts opened with his first of three doubles, one of two that hopped into the left-center seats. A sacrifice bunt by Jay Payton advanced Roberts to third and Markakis collected his team-leading 35th RBI with a sharp single to left.
Suzuki tied it with a bolt into the right-center seats on Bedard's first pitch. It was Suzuki's 25th career leadoff home run, tying him with Brian Downing for 14th on the career list.
Aubrey Huff started the Orioles' three-run second inning with a double. Melvin Mora sent Huff to third with a single to right, and Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly made it 2-1. Payton had an RBI on a fielder's choice and Markakis followed with an RBI single to right.
The Mariners scored one in the second on Bloomquist's RBI single and another in the third on Kenji Johjima's two-out double to make it 4-3.
Hernandez, who missed four starts on the disabled list with a tender elbow, is still trying to recover his rhythm.
"The first two innings they jumped on my fastball. After that I was just trying to keep us in the game," said Hernandez, who used more breaking balls than usual. He threw 106 pitches in 5 2-3 innings, allowing a season-high 11 hits and four runs.
Betancourt extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
|Ichiro Suzuki joins in on the fun during the eighth inning with a crucial go-ahead double. (AP)|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||3||0||1||1||1||.327|
|Jay Payton, LF||4||0||0||1||0||0||3||.285|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||2||2||1||1||1||.265|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||5||.304|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.243|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.249|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.246|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||3||0||0||1||0||2||3||.255|
|Corey Patterson, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.219|
|2B - Brian Roberts 3 (15, Hernandez, Hernandez, Hernandez), Aubrey Huff (11, Hernandez), Corey Patterson (12, Hernandez)|
|SF - Ramon Hernandez (3)|
|SH - Jay Payton (2)|
|RBI - Jay Payton (18), Nick Markakis 2 (36), Ramon Hernandez (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (14)|
|CS - Brian Roberts (4, 3rd base by Green/Johjima)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Brian Roberts (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jamie Walker (H,9)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.27|
|Chad Bradford (H,11; L,0-2)||0.2||2||2||2||0||1||0||3.04|
|John Parrish (BS,1)||0.1||3||2||2||1||0||0||5.24|
|IBB - Guillen by John Parrish|
|Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 101-70, Jamie Walker 15-12, Chad Bradford 14-11, John Parrish 24-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 6-6, Jamie Walker 1-0, John Parrish 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 27, Jamie Walker 4, Chad Bradford 4, John Parrish 5|
|Ichiro Suzuki, DH||5||2||3||2||0||0||2||.333|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||5||0||2||2||0||2||5||.294|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||4||.281|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.277|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Kenji Johjima, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.323|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Willie Bloomquist, 3B-CF||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.239|
|Jason Ellison, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.182|
|a- Ben Broussard, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|b- Jose Vidro, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.295|
|Adrian Beltre, PR-3B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.274|
|a-announced for Ellison in the 8th|
|b-singled for Broussard in the 8th|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (8, Parrish), Jose Lopez (7, Parrish), Jose Guillen (12, Bedard), Kenji Johjima (12, Bedard)|
|HR - Ichiro Suzuki (5, Bedard)|
|RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (28), Jose Lopez 2 (30), Kenji Johjima (25), Willie Bloomquist (3), Jose Vidro (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (13), Jose Lopez 2 (12), Kenji Johjima (6), Jose Vidro (6)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|George Sherrill (W,2-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.50|
|J.J. Putz (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 106-71, Eric O'Flaherty 8-4, Sean Green 28-13, George Sherrill 9-6, J.J. Putz 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 7-5, Sean Green 3-0, J.J. Putz 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Sean Green 6, George Sherrill 2, J.J. Putz 3|
|Attendance - 19090|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ted Barrett|