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M's Washburn dominates O's with one-hit shutout

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SEATTLE -- Jarrod Washburn is pitching better than ever in his 12th major league season.

Washburn tossed a one-hitter for his ninth career complete game, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

"It's the best stuff I've ever had," he said.

Nick Markakis had the only hit off Washburn (4-5), a two-out single in the fourth. Washburn faced only one batter over the minimum, issuing no walks and striking out three in his 110-pitch effort.

Russell Branyan hit his 21st home run, Chris Woodward doubled in a pair of runs and Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single for Seattle.

Washburn recorded the second one-hitter at Safeco Field and 10th in franchise history. It also was his first complete-game victory since he beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 on April 25, 2007, with one of his two three-hit games, his previous career low.

"I think he's pitching as good as I've ever seen him," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He has more command of certain pitches."

Washburn, who was 5-14 with Seattle last year, said the biggest key to his success this season has been his two-seam fastball. He worked on it in spring training with pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach John Wetteland.

"I've always had a two-seam fastball but it's never sunk before," he said. "The mechanical adjustments we made in spring training -- Rick and Wette -- they made a little adjustment with me and it's paid off. That's what I owe it all to, that mechanical adjustment."

Washburn threw mostly fastballs against the Orioles, mixing in a handful of breaking pitches and one changeup. He threw a two-seamer to Markakis that broke in on his hands, and he sliced into shallow left field.

"If it wasn't for Nick's little hit out there to left, he's got a perfect game," Baltimore designated hitter Aubrey Huff said. "He was that good."

Brad Bergesen (5-3) went six innings for the Orioles, allowing four runs, three earned, and six hits. He walked four and struck out four.

"I'll take Bred Bergesen for the way he pitches, the way he competes, the way he keeps us in the game," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "It just so happened that Washburn was much better tonight."

Branyan connected on a 3-0 pitch in the first and Suzuki singled in Rob Johnson in the fifth to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Woodward tacked on a bases-loaded double in the sixth and Ryan Langerhans added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Notes

  • Washburn earned his first victory against the Orioles since May 24, 2006.
  • LHP Erik Bedard, on the disabled list since June 17 with shoulder inflammation, is expected to start Tuesday against the Orioles.
  • Mariners SS Yuniesky Betancourt (strained left hamstring) will be sent out on a rehab assignment later this week but won't be activated until after the All-Star break.
  • Mariners OF Endy Chavez will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee on Thursday. He injured the knee June 19 in a collision with Betancourt. His recovery time is somewhere between nine to 12 months.
  • The Orioles placed RHP Chris Ray on the DL with right biceps tendinitis and called up RHP Kam Mickolio from Triple-A Norfolk.
 
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Jarrod Washburn throws just the 10th individual one-hitter in Mariners history.  (AP)
Jarrod Washburn throws just the 10th individual one-hitter in Mariners history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Washburn
IP 9.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
Seattle

F. Gutierrez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000000 .275
Adam Jones, CF3000010 .305
Nick Markakis, RF3010010 .293
Aubrey Huff, DH3000001 .266
Ty Wigginton, 1B3000000 .257
Nolan Reimold, LF3000000 .265
Melvin Mora, 3B3000000 .257
Matt Wieters, C3000010 .268
Robert Andino, SS2000000 .241
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .385
Totals2801003  
a-grounded out for Andino in the 9th
Fielding
E - Robert Andino (5, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bergesen (L,5-3) 6643441 3.59
Brian Bass 1311020 4.71
Kam Mickolio 1000010 0.00
IBB - Johnson by Brad Bergesen
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 111-65, Brian Bass 27-17, Kam Mickolio 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 10-4, Kam Mickolio 2-0
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 28, Brian Bass 6, Kam Mickolio 3
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5011012 .360
Russell Branyan, 1B2111210 .294
Jose Lopez, 2B4110013 .258
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4010000 .215
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4130000 .293
Ryan Langerhans, LF3111001 .375
Rob Johnson, C2100212 .200
Chris Woodward, 3B4012002 .306
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000033 .145
Totals3259547  
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (9, Bergesen), Ryan Langerhans (4, Bergesen), Chris Woodward (1, Bergesen)
HR - Russell Branyan (21, Bergesen)
SF - Ryan Langerhans (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (21), Russell Branyan (46), Ryan Langerhans (2), Chris Woodward 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (9)
CS - Franklin Gutierrez (5, 3rd base by Bergesen/Wieters)
Team LOB - 8
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (W,5-6) 9100030 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 110-75
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 11-13
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 28
Game Information
Attendance - 24018
Game Time - 2:09
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi