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Orioles start fast, tighten AL East race

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SEATTLE -- Chasing their first playoff berth in 15 years, the Baltimore Orioles are getting contributions from everyone on the roster.

Nate McLouth provided a quick start with a leadoff home run and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 10-4 on Monday night to tighten the AL East race.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer and Adam Jones scored four times for the Orioles, who moved within a half-game of the first-place New York Yankees. Baltimore also opened a three-game cushion on the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot.

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"Just like scoring in a lot of innings, it's just the pass-the-baton mentality," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think the pitchers feel the same way, too. They're staying focused for these nine innings, they turn the page, then there's the next nine innings."

Chris Tillman (8-2) allowed one run and three hits over six innings, supported by Baltimore's 15 hits. He struck out four and walked none.

"We're all clicking right now," Tillman said. "We're going on all cylinders, playing good baseball. It's fun to watch."

Jones and Tillman were two of the five players Seattle sent to the Orioles in a lopsided trade for left-hander Erik Bedard in February 2008. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in four career starts against his former club -- and 11-17 with a 5.44 ERA against everyone else.

Tillman came out of his previous start Sept. 2 after three innings because of an inflamed nerve in his right elbow. He had three bullpen sessions since then and said he felt fine.

"He's done well, period," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He's pitched well this year but, yes, he has pitched well against us, too. He's kind of short arm, over the top, a little bit sneaky, real good breaking ball. Then he mixes in his changeup a little. He did a nice job."

McLouth, Wieters and Jones had three hits apiece. Mark Reynolds added two RBI, and Jones' four runs set a season high for a Baltimore player.

For the second successive game, seven players had at least one RBI for the Orioles.

Baltimore has not finished higher than third place since the team won the AL East in 1997. The Orioles had 14 consecutive losing seasons until this year.

The Mariners scored all their runs on home runs. Michael Saunders hit an opposite-field shot, his 16th, to left in the second off Tillman. Eric Thames hit his eighth off Zach Phillips in the eighth and John Jaso had a two-run drive, his ninth, off Luis Ayala in the ninth.

The Orioles jumped on starter Hector Noesi (2-12) from the first batter and didn't let up until they chased him after only 1 1/3 innings.

McLouth opened the game with a home run into the right-field seats on an 0-2 pitch. Reynolds and Manny Machado each had an RBI single later in the first.

J.J. Hardy and Reynolds each had a run-scoring double in a four-run second, and Jones added an RBI single. Another run scored on an error for a 7-0 lead.

"It's everyone picking the next guy up," Reynolds said. "We need guys to get hot right now to stay in this race. The Yankees aren't going anywhere. Oakland is a good team. Tampa Bay is right there. The Angels are a really good team. We have to take care of our own by winning games. Whether it's Wieters or Jonesy or someone else, everyone has to step up."

Noesi gave up eight hits and six earned runs in his 54-pitch outing. He walked two and struck out one.

"Hector has to be better than that," Wedge said. "It just wasn't a good day at all for him."

Wieters hit a two-run homer to center in the fourth on the first pitch from Oliver Perez. It was his 22nd, tying his career high.

Endy Chavez finished the Orioles' scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.

"That's impressive, our production around," McLouth said. "Definitely not counting on one or two guys alone is pretty important."

Notes

  • The Orioles have won six of seven meetings with the Mariners this season.
  • Showalter said he's "pleasantly surprised" that OF Nick Markakis does not need more surgery on his injured right thumb. Markakis was hurt Sept. 8 and was given a six-week timetable for a return. It's unlikely he'll be available unless the club advances well into the playoffs.
  • Orioles RHP Jason Hammel, who came out of his start last Tuesday with a knee issue, is progressing slowly, according to Showalter. It's uncertain when he will start again.
  • Baltimore RHP Miguel Gonzalez likely will start Friday in Boston.
  • Wedge started his regulars. "We are going to put out our best lineup," he said. He added that his players are doing more than just showing up. "No one is looking at the finish line right now," he said. "I don't sense that at all. They're all focused on today."
 
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Nate McLouth goes deep on the third pitch of the game -- his second home run in three games.  (AP)
Nate McLouth goes deep on the third pitch of the game -- his second home run in three games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Wieters
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

J. Jaso
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF-CF5231111 .236
J.J. Hardy, SS5111002 .236
    Steve Tolleson, SS0000000 .176
Chris Davis, DH5000034 .261
Adam Jones, CF4431100 .289
    Xavier Avery, LF0000000 .231
Matt Wieters, C5233000 .252
    Taylor Teagarden, C0000000 .133
Mark Reynolds, 1B5022012 .232
    Ryan Flaherty, 1B0000000 .210
Manny Machado, 3B5021012 .272
Endy Chavez, RF5011004 .219
Robert Andino, 2B3100201 .212
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .247
Totals4210151046  
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (29, Noesi), Adam Jones (35, Perez), Mark Reynolds (25, Noesi)
HR - Nate McLouth (4, Noesi), Matt Wieters (22, Perez)
RBI - Nate McLouth (17), J.J. Hardy (66), Adam Jones (75), Matt Wieters 3 (79), Mark Reynolds 2 (63), Manny Machado (17), Endy Chavez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (28), Manny Machado (3)
Team LOB - 9
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,8-2) 6311041 3.22
Zach Phillips 1.2211111 7.20
Luis Ayala 1322111 2.70
Tommy Hunter 0.1100010 5.71
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 91-58, Zach Phillips 34-21, Luis Ayala 30-18, Tommy Hunter 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 4-10, Zach Phillips 2-2, Luis Ayala 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 21, Zach Phillips 8, Luis Ayala 7, Tommy Hunter 2
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, 2B3010010 .232
    Munenori Kawasaki, 2B2010000 .196
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3000001 .259
    Trayvon Robinson, LF1000113 .215
Kyle Seager, 3B3010001 .258
    Alex Liddi, 3B1000001 .236
Jesus Montero, C4110001 .264
John Jaso, DH4122000 .277
Michael Saunders, LF-CF4111001 .249
Justin Smoak, 1B4010011 .200
Eric Thames, RF4111021 .236
Brendan Ryan, SS2000010 .191
    Carlos Triunfel, SS1000110 .250
Totals3649427  
Batting
2B - Kyle Seager (31, Tillman), Jesus Montero (18, Ayala), John Jaso (17, Phillips)
HR - John Jaso (9, Ayala), Michael Saunders (16, Tillman), Eric Thames (8, Phillips)
RBI - John Jaso 2 (47), Michael Saunders (50), Eric Thames (24)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Capps-Montero-Smoak
E - Brendan Ryan (8, Missed catch of throw)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi (L,2-12) 1.1876211 6.00
Oliver Perez 2.2222111 2.00
Carter Capps 2511010 3.93
Shawn Kelley 2000010 3.27
Stephen Pryor 1000120 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 54-35, Oliver Perez 34-20, Carter Capps 42-26, Shawn Kelley 19-14, Stephen Pryor 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 3-1, Oliver Perez 2-5, Carter Capps 1-3, Shawn Kelley 1-4, Stephen Pryor 1-0
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 15, Oliver Perez 11, Carter Capps 10, Shawn Kelley 6, Stephen Pryor 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13036
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Wally Bell