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O's rally to victory as M's bullpen blows lead for King Felix

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BALTIMORE -- For eight innings, Felix Hernandez dominated the Baltimore Orioles. He blew fastballs past them, fooled them with change-ups and worked both sides of the plate with uncanny precision.

Unfortunately, after throwing 97 brilliant pitches, Seattle's young right-hander didn't have enough energy left to get three more outs. So when the bottom of the ninth started with Hernandez in the Mariners dugout, the Orioles were absolutely delighted.

"How happy was I? Extremely," said Aubrey Huff, who had an RBI during a three-run rally that provided Baltimore with a 3-2 victory Sunday. "Once he came out, I knew we had a chance."

Especially against a bullpen without injured closer J.J. Putz.

Hernandez gave up five hits, struck out six, walked two and left with a 2-0 lead. Mariners manager John McLaren and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre discussed the possibility of sending him out in the ninth, but decided against it.

"Mel told me Felix said he wasn't 100 percent," McLaren said. "So I made a change."

Nick Markakis led off the ninth with a double off Eric O'Flaherty and scored on a groundout by Huff, leaving the bases empty with two outs. After Luke Scott singled, Mark Lowe entered and gave up a single to Jay Payton to put runners at the corners.

Lowe (0-1) then threw a wild pitch to Ramon Hernandez to complete a walk and allow the tying run to score. Luis Hernandez followed with his first hit of the season, a liner to the gap in left center to score Payton without a throw.

Game over. Following their fourth straight victory, someone in the Baltimore clubhouse cranked up an old tune from the team's glorious past -- a little ditty called "Orioles Magic."

"It was a great game for our team," manager Dave Trembley said.

The Orioles were 4-87 when trailing after eight innings last year, and they went 13-31 in one-run games. But after one week of the 2008 season, they stand alone in first place in the AL East.

Scott had his second straight three-hit game, starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs in seven innings and Dennis Sarfate (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the Orioles, who are 3-0 against the Mariners after going 2-7 against them last year.

Felix Hernandez was moved up a day in the Seattle rotation after former Oriole Erik Bedard was scratched due to inflammation of the left hip. Pitching on a bitter cold afternoon, Hernandez was nothing short of brilliant.

"Felix did a great job," McLaren said. "We just couldn't hang on."

Hernandez has not allowed an earned run in 15 innings, but he remains winless. He did, however, earn the respect of the Orioles.

"That guy was dirty. That's the best I've ever seen him throw," Payton said. "I don't know that anybody could throw much better than he threw today."

And after Hernandez left?

"I was happy. Bottom line," Payton said.

Raul Ibanez went 3-for-4 with a homer and Richie Sexson doubled in a run for the Mariners. Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 to move within two hits of 1,600 for his career.

But Seattle fell to 2-4 overall and 0-3 on the road. The four-game series ends Monday afternoon, and the Mariners are desperate for a win.

"That would be an understatement," McLaren said.

Seattle went up 1-0 in the third when Suzuki singled and scored on Sexson's two-out liner into the left-field corner.

Ibanez led off the sixth with his first home run, a drive to right. He came in batting .167, but also had a pair of singles in his first multihit game of the year.

Baltimore had only a few scoring chances against Hernandez. Guillermo Quiroz bounced into a double play with two on and one out in the third; Kevin Millar hit an inning-ending liner with two on in the sixth; and Scott was stranded in the seventh after hitting a one-out double, the Orioles' lone extra-base hit off Hernandez.

"He kind of reminded me of the old Pedro (Martinez) days when Pedro was in Boston," Huff said. "He was throwing that good."

Notes

  • Bedard is expected to start Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
  • Seattle's Adrian Beltre went 0-for-3 against Guthrie and is hitless in nine career at-bats against the right-hander.
  • Millar has at least one hit in all five games.
 
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Aubrey Huff and Luis Hernandez celebrate after the O's complete the rally against the Mariners.  (AP)
Aubrey Huff and Luis Hernandez celebrate after the O's complete the rally against the Mariners. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4110000 .250
Jose Lopez, 2B4010000 .318
Raul Ibanez, LF4131001 .273
Richie Sexson, 1B2011200 .200
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000015 .286
Brad Wilkerson, RF3000120 .067
Jose Vidro, DH4000000 .130
Jamie Burke, C4010000 .200
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000001 .381
Totals3227233  
Batting
2B - Richie Sexson (2, Guthrie)
HR - Raul Ibanez (1, Guthrie)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (2), Richie Sexson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (1)
CS - Brad Wilkerson (2, 2nd base by Guthrie/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson, Sexson-Betancourt
Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez 8500260 0.00
Eric O'Flaherty (H,2) 0.2222000 13.50
Mark Lowe (BS,1; L,0-1)0211100 13.50
WP - Mark Lowe (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 97-62, Eric O'Flaherty 15-9, Mark Lowe 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 10-6, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Mark Lowe 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000021 .267
Melvin Mora, 3B4000000 .250
Nick Markakis, RF3120110 .316
Kevin Millar, 1B4010014 .389
Aubrey Huff, DH4001011 .211
Luke Scott, LF4030000 .538
    Adam Jones, PR0100000 .214
Jay Payton, CF4120001 .300
Guillermo Quiroz, C2000001 .000
   a- Scott Moore, PH1000011 .000
    Ramon Hernandez, C0000100 .214
Luis Hernandez, SS3011100 .143
Totals3339236  
a-struck out for Quiroz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (1, O'Flaherty), Luke Scott (2, Hernandez)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (6), Luis Hernandez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Hernandez (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Hernandez-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie 7622221 5.11
Randor Bierd 1100100 0.00
Dennis Sarfate (W,1-0) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 101-66, Randor Bierd 22-13, Dennis Sarfate 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-11, Randor Bierd 1-2, Dennis Sarfate 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 27, Randor Bierd 5, Dennis Sarfate 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19215
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Jerry Crawford