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Fister flirts with no-hitter in Mariners' victory against Orioles

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SEATTLE -- Doug Fister had a lot going for him.

It was the first time he faced the Baltimore Orioles, they weren't hitting that well this season and -- oh yeah -- the Mariners' starter is 6-foot-8 with a repertoire of pitches that look hittable right up until the last instant.

No surprise, then, that Fister took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, befuddling the Orioles while Seattle romped to an 8-2 victory Monday night.

"He looks like he's going to give you some hittable pitches and then they are not real good pitches," Baltimore manager Dave Tremblay said. "It looks like every at-bat you get one decent one but then he really locates and changes speeds."

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run single in the Mariners' seven-run third inning and Casey Kotchman hit a two-run home run in the third and a RBI double in the seventh.

Jack Wilson had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

After a two-out walk in the first, Fister (2-1) retired the next 16 batters in a row before Nick Markakis opened the seventh with a clean single to center.

"Someone that tall who throws over the top, he gets some deception with his pitches," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He also had some good movement."

Fister finished with three hits and one run in his seven innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Ty Wiggington hit his fifth home run, a solo shot in the ninth, for the Orioles, who are batting .229 as a team after tying a season low with five hits.

"He throws a lot of strikes and he keeps the ball down," Mariners second baseman Chone Figgins said. "I guess that's why they always try to draft tall pitchers because when you're tall they can give you so many different angles of deception. Deception is the key to pitching. When you have a down angle, you don't know if he's going to cut one or sink one or give you a slider.

"It's good being tall."

Fister, in only his 13th big-league appearance, was coming off one of his best outings, a three-hit, eight-inning effort Tuesday, a 3-0 victory against Oakland.

"I felt like my last start was huge, getting some success and keeping the ball down in the zone," Fister said. "I kind of took that into today."

Solid defense, including a nifty cover play at first by Fister in the sixth, kept his no-hit bid going.

Cesar Izturis bounced a grounder into the right-side hole to open the sixth. Figgins managed to snag it, spun completely around and threw an accurate one-hopper to Fister covering first. With a long first baseman-like stretch, Fister hung onto it.

One inning later, Markakis spoiled it.

"Actually, I had no idea," Figgins said. "I heard the crowd give a big cheer and I thought, 'Something happened on the scoreboard? A no-hitter or something?' I looked around and they're still cheering. I looked at the scoreboard again and saw, oh, he's got a no-hitter going."

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen (0-2) lasted only 2 2/3 innings. He was charged with six hits, seven runs, though only four were earned, and walked three without a strikeout.

"It's tough for everyone. It's extremely tough for me," Bergesen said. "I care so much about this team. To not chew up innings and to put that workload on the bullpen just absolutely kills me right now."

Wilson's one-out double began a string of eight consecutive batters reaching base in the Mariners' third. Ichiro Suzuki and Figgins walked followed by Franklin Gutierrez's RBI single to left, scoring Wilson. Jose Lopez reached on third baseman Wiggington's error, allowing Suzuki to score.

Griffey followed with his two-run single through the right side, scoring Figgins and Gutierrez. Milton Bradley launched a RBI double into the left-center gap, but Griffey was thrown out on the relay home. Kotchman finished the rally with a home run into the right-field seats.

It was the most prolific inning for the Mariners since a seven-run seventh on April 15 last season against the Los Angeles Angels.

Baltimore has the worst record in the majors at 2-12 and it was the seventh time in 14 games that the Birds have scored two runs or fewer.

Markakis has reached base safely in all 14 games this season.

Gutierrez was removed as a precaution in the eighth inning with tightness in his groin. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Notes

  • The crowd of 14,528 was the smallest in Safeco Field's history. The previous smallest was 15,818 on May 6, 2008.
  • Mariners LHP Cliff Lee, on the DL with a strained abdominal muscle, is waiting for the league response to appeal of a five-game suspension. "If everything goes well with that," Wakamatsu said, "we're looking at a rehab assignment (April 25). If everything goes well with that, we're looking at a start (May 2)."
  • Orioles OF Felix Pie will miss three months after doctors determined he has a torn left latissimus dorsi muscle. No surgery is required, just rest and rehab. Pie tore the muscle on opening day. "That tells you something about Pie's pain tolerance," Trembley said. "He has been dealing with it since."
  • Baltimore 3B Miguel Tejada said his strained groin is "feeling almost normal" and hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday.
  • The Mariners signed INF Ramon Vazquez to a minor league contract. Vazquez, 33, spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was designated for assignment and became a free agent on April 12.
 
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The smallest crowd in Safeco history (14,528) sees Doug Fister nearly throw a no-hitter.  (AP)
The smallest crowd in Safeco history (14,528) sees Doug Fister nearly throw a no-hitter. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

D. Fister
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
Seattle

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones, CF4000000 .230
Ty Wigginton, 3B3111010 .294
Nick Markakis, RF4010011 .240
Nolan Reimold, DH3000101 .162
Matt Wieters, C4120002 .286
Luke Scott, 1B4011011 .205
Lou Montanez, LF3000011 .125
Julio Lugo, 2B3000000 .125
Cesar Izturis, SS3000010 .243
Totals3125215  
Batting
2B - Luke Scott (3, Fister)
HR - Ty Wigginton (5, Kelley)
RBI - Ty Wigginton (11), Luke Scott (5)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lou Montanez 1
DP - Izturis-Lugo-Scott
E - Adam Jones (2, Misplayed grounder), Ty Wigginton (2, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bergesen (L,0-2) 2.2674301 12.19
Jason Berken 3.1300030 1.50
Kam Mickolio 2311220 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 54-27, Jason Berken 64-42, Kam Mickolio 49-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 4-3, Jason Berken 2-5
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 16, Jason Berken 13, Kam Mickolio 11
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4120101 .321
Chone Figgins, 2B4100114 .217
Franklin Gutierrez, CF2221200 .426
    Eric Byrnes, CF0000100 .143
Jose Lopez, 3B5111014 .263
Ken Griffey Jr., DH4012003 .229
Milton Bradley, LF4111013 .146
Casey Kotchman, 1B4123000 .286
Rob Johnson, C4000022 .143
Jack Wilson, SS4130000 .250
Totals35812855  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (3, Bergesen), Milton Bradley (2, Bergesen), Casey Kotchman (4, Mickolio), Jack Wilson 2 (3, Bergesen, Berken)
HR - Casey Kotchman (3, Bergesen)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (9), Jose Lopez (4), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (3), Milton Bradley (9), Casey Kotchman 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman 3 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Fister-J. Wilson-Kotchman
Seattle Mariners
Doug Fister (W,2-1) 7311130 1.42
Brandon League 1000000 2.35
Shawn Kelley 1211021 3.38
HBP - Wigginton (by Doug Fister)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 95-63, Brandon League 10-6, Shawn Kelley 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 10-7, Brandon League 2-1
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Brandon League 3, Shawn Kelley 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14528
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Chad Fairchild