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Hardy caps rally in 12th as O's sweep M's

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BALTIMORE -- For 11 innings, the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles couldn't even come close to scoring a run.

The Mariners broke the trend in the top of the 12th, and Baltimore did them one better in the bottom half.

J.J. Hardy singled in two runs with the bases-loaded in the 12th, and the Orioles rallied for a 2-1 victory Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

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"That's a character-building win right there," said Baltimore's Derrek Lee, who led off the 12th with a single.

After Miguel Olivo singled in the game's first run, the Orioles bounced back in their half against Brandon League (0-3). Lee hit a leadoff single, and League hit Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones with pitches to load the bases with no outs.

Matt Wieters hit a liner that shortstop Luis Rodriguez snagged with a dive, but Hardy followed with a bouncer up the middle that scored Lee and pinch-runner Jake Fox, who easily beat the throw with a headfirst slide.

"It was kind of a frustrating night offensively," Lee said. "We couldn't get anything going and they scored a run in the 12th. One run in this game seemed like 10 runs. But we hung in there and came right back with two to win it."

Hardy was mobbed by his teammates, who celebrated their second extra-inning comeback in the series. Two nights earlier, Baltimore scored twice in the 13th for a 7-6 win.

"I just wanted to hit the ball hard," Hardy said. "He threw a sinker first pitch and then he threw another sinker second pitch, and I was able to find a hole."

League hit only two batters with pitches all last year. He was 9 for 9 in save opportunities before blowing two in three games against the Orioles.

"I just didn't do my job. It all comes down to that," League said. "I didn't do my job coming in to close out the game. We have to recuperate and forget about this series."

Ichiro Suzuki led off the 12th with an infield single off Jim Johnson (2-1), Seattle's first hit since the fifth inning. Two straight groundouts got Suzuki to third base, and Olivo lined a single past third baseman Cesar Izturis for a 1-0 lead.

It wouldn't last.

Orioles rookie Zach Britton and Seattle left-hander Jason Vargas both went nine innings in an outstanding pitching duel that couldn't be decided until after both left the game.

Britton gave up three hits, struck out five and walked none in the longest outing of his brief big league career. The left-hander did not allow a runner past first base and retired the final 13 batters he faced.

"My job was to keep us in the game as long as possible," Britton said. "You've got to tip your hat to Vargas, who threw the ball really well. When's that going to happen again, two guys going like that?"

Vargas yielded seven hits, walked one and struck out four. He had only two perfect innings but was aided by three double plays.

"I didn't give up any runs," Vargas said, "so I guess that's all I can do."

After playing their first 34 games without going into extra innings, the Mariners have been extended beyond the ninth in three of their last four. They lost all three.

There were only a few scoring threats before the 12th inning.

Mark Reynolds led off the eighth with a walk, the first issued by either starter. Pinch-runner Felix Pie advanced on a bunt by Robert Andino, but Brian Roberts grounded out and Nick Markakis looked at a third strike.

In the Seattle 10th, Justin Smoak drew a leadoff walk from Kevin Gregg and advanced on bunt. Jack Cust received an intentional walk before Mike Wilson, making his first major league start, bounced into a double play.

The Mariners turned a double play in each of the first three innings, making it five straight games in which they recorded at least two DPs. The last time Seattle had such a streak was August 8-12, 2009.

Notes

  • Mariners manager Eric Wedge returns to Cleveland on Friday to face the Indians for the first time since his seven-year run there ended after the 2009 season. "I'm sure I will see quite a few familiar faces, but I really haven't given it a great deal of thought. I'm sure I will [Friday]," Wedge said.
  • A fan with a baseball glove standing in the back of the lower concourse caught three foul balls.
  • Roberts snapped an 0-for-26 skid with a first-inning single.
  • Suzuki extended his hitting streak at Camden Yards to 14 games.
 
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O's DH Vladimir Guerrero reacts to getting beaned by closer Brandon League in the 12th inning. (AP)
O's DH Vladimir Guerrero reacts to getting beaned by closer Brandon League in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

Z. Britton
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
Seattle

J. Vargas
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110000 .309
Chone Figgins, 3B5000000 .221
Justin Smoak, 1B3010110 .284
    Adam Kennedy, PR-1B1000001 .256
Miguel Olivo, C4011011 .207
Jack Cust, DH4010112 .212
Mike Wilson, LF4000012 .125
Jack Wilson, 2B4010011 .250
Luis Rodriguez, SS4000011 .180
Michael Saunders, CF4000010 .178
Totals3815127  
Batting
SH - Miguel Olivo (1)
RBI - Miguel Olivo (12)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo (3)
CS - Luis Rodriguez (2, 2nd base by Britton/Wieters)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-J. Wilson-Smoak, Vargas-J. Wilson-Smoak, J. Wilson-Rodriguez-Smoak, Rodriguez-Kennedy
PB - Miguel Olivo (3)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas 9700140 3.86
Jamey Wright 2100020 1.96
Brandon League (BS,2; L,0-3) 0.1222000 5.87
HBP - Guerrero (by Brandon League), Jones (by Brandon League)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 101-68, Jamey Wright 21-14, Brandon League 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 13-7, Jamey Wright 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 32, Jamey Wright 6, Brandon League 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5020003 .215
Nick Markakis, RF5000014 .231
Derrek Lee, 1B5110011 .227
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4000010 .275
    Jake Fox, PR-DH0100000 .156
Adam Jones, CF4010000 .285
Matt Wieters, C5020013 .245
J.J. Hardy, SS5022002 .357
Mark Reynolds, 3B2000111 .174
    Felix Pie, PR-LF1000010 .289
Robert Andino, LF-3B2020000 .286
   a- Luke Scott, PH1000000 .260
    Cesar Izturis, 3B0000000 .192
Totals39210216  
a-grounded out for Andino in the 11th
Batting
SH - Robert Andino (2)
RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Lee
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton 9300050 2.42
Kevin Gregg 1000200 2.40
Jim Johnson (W,2-1) 2211020 4.05
IBB - Cust by Kevin Gregg
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 107-75, Kevin Gregg 15-6, Jim Johnson 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 12-9, Kevin Gregg 2-0, Jim Johnson 3-1
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 29, Kevin Gregg 4, Jim Johnson 8
Game Information
Attendance - 19082
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Mike Estabrook