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Seattle at Baltimore

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Seattle (62-49) «2013110008151
Baltimore (52-60)1020100004111

Vidro, Ichiro power hot Mariners past Orioles

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The 1-2 punch of Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Vidro proved too much to handle for the Baltimore Orioles, who needed only seven pitches to realize it was going to be another long night.

Suzuki enjoyed his second consecutive three-hit game batting leadoff ahead of Vidro, who homered and drove in four runs to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-4 victory Wednesday night.

With the win, Seattle took over the lead in the AL wild-card race. The Mariners lead Detroit by percentage points, and New York by a half game. The Tigers and Yankees both lost Wednesday night.

The Mariners scored 10 runs on 19 hits Tuesday night, then started this game in brilliant fashion. After Suzuki led off with a single, Vidro homered on a 1-1 pitch from Jeremy Guthrie for a 2-0 lead.

"It's not a good feeling when you come off a game last night and all of a sudden they put two on the board as quickly as they did in the first inning," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "You've got to be thinking, 'Here we go again.'"

And so it was. The Mariners finished with 15 hits, including three homers, and have outscored Baltimore 18-7 in the first two games of the series that concludes Thursday.

"When Ichiro and I get on in front of the others, it really makes a difference," said Vidro, who went 3-for-3 and scored twice. "We've got two or three guys hot at the same time right now and it's great. This is what we're capable of doing, and when we all start hitting at once, we're going to be real tough."

Vidro added sacrifice flies in the fourth and sixth to match his season high in RBI.

Jose Guillen and Raul Ibanez also homered for the Mariners, who have won eight of 11. It was the third home run in two games for Ibanez, who had gone 31 games without one until Tuesday night.

Suzuki was in a 1-for-14 skid before coming to Baltimore, where he now has a .400 lifetime batting average.

"If we play the way we normally do, we're capable of scoring a lot of runs," he said. "We don't need to do anything special."

Felix Hernandez (8-6) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The victory improved the 21-year-old's career record to 24-24; he hasn't been over .500 since Aug. 2, 2006.

J.J. Putz recorded the final four outs for his 33rd save in 35 chances. He induced Ramon Hernandez to ground out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, then worked a perfect ninth.

Miguel Tejada had three hits and his 1,000th career RBI, and Nick Markakis drove in two runs for the Orioles. Baltimore has lost three of four and six of nine.

Guthrie (7-4) allowed five earned runs and eight hits in four innings, his second-shortest outing of the season. The rookie's ERA swelled from 2.98 to 3.22, the highest it's been since May 13.

"He had a bad night. He's entitled to it," Trembley said.

Guthrie admittedly wasn't sharp, but he gave plenty of credit to the Mariners.

"That's a pretty hot team, and they did a nice job tonight," he said. "Every one of them are good hitters. It's a tough lineup, one through nine."

After yielding three earned runs in only one of his first 11 starts, Guthrie has done it in five of his last eight outings.

Vidro started the Mariners off with his fourth home run, the first in 207 at-bats since May 25. Baltimore scored a run in the bottom of the first when Corey Patterson tripled and scored on a single by Markakis.

After the Mariners scored an unearned run in the third, Baltimore pulled even in its half when Kevin Millar hit a run-scoring double and scored on a single by Tejada.

A sacrifice fly by Vidro and a two-run homer by Guillen made it 6-3 in the fourth. Ibanez homered to center on reliever Rob Bell's first pitch in the fifth inning, and Markakis hit a run-scoring groundout in the bottom half.

Notes

  • The game-time temperature was announced at 101 degrees.
  • Guthrie has allowed 14 homers this season, four in his last two starts.
  • Seattle OF Ben Broussard returned to the team after missing Tuesday's game to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's second daughter Monday.
  • The Mariners have been outscored 90-60 in the first inning this season.
 
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Yuniesky Betancourt and Ichiro combine to go 5-for-9 with four runs as the Mariners stay hot.  (AP)
Yuniesky Betancourt and Ichiro combine to go 5-for-9 with four runs as the Mariners stay hot. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Vidro
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5230002 .348
Jose Vidro, DH3234000 .312
Jose Guillen, RF5112002 .289
Adrian Beltre, 3B5020021 .279
Raul Ibanez, LF4121002 .259
    Adam Jones, LF0000000 .250
Richie Sexson, 1B4010001 .200
Kenji Johjima, C4000004 .276
Jose Lopez, 2B4010010 .257
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4220001 .289
Totals38815703  
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (30, R. Bell), Raul Ibanez (28, Parrish), Yuniesky Betancourt (22, R. Bell)
HR - Jose Vidro (4, Guthrie), Jose Guillen (14, Guthrie), Raul Ibanez (9, R. Bell)
SF - Jose Vidro 2 (5)
RBI - Jose Vidro 4 (40), Jose Guillen 2 (67), Raul Ibanez (67)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (20)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson, Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (21, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez (W,8-6) 6.21044020 3.97
George Sherrill 0.2000110 1.34
Brandon Morrow 0.1100110 2.93
J.J. Putz (S,33) 1.1000020 1.34
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 91-59, George Sherrill 14-9, Brandon Morrow 13-7, J.J. Putz 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 13-3, J.J. Putz 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 28, George Sherrill 3, Brandon Morrow 3, J.J. Putz 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5120020 .316
Corey Patterson, CF5110002 .269
Nick Markakis, RF4122010 .293
Kevin Millar, 1B3111110 .269
Miguel Tejada, SS4031011 .303
Melvin Mora, 3B4010004 .272
Jay Gibbons, DH3010100 .229
Ramon Hernandez, C4000004 .266
Jay Payton, LF4000010 .260
Totals36411426  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (31, Hernandez), Kevin Millar (18, Hernandez)
3B - Corey Patterson (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (70), Kevin Millar (47), Miguel Tejada (48)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (27), Miguel Tejada (19)
SB - Nick Markakis (14, 2nd base off Hernandez/Johjima)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1, Corey Patterson 1
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar, Mora-B. Roberts-Millar
E - Melvin Mora (7, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,7-4) 4865032 3.22
Rob Bell 3422001 4.94
Paul Shuey 1000000 7.36
John Parrish 1300000 5.40
HBP - Ibanez (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 88-56, Rob Bell 24-18, Paul Shuey 9-6, John Parrish 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-6, Rob Bell 4-4, Paul Shuey 1-2, John Parrish 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 22, Rob Bell 12, Paul Shuey 3, John Parrish 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17511
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 101
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Larry Vanover