The Seattle Mariners (23-17) beat the Baltimore Orioles (24-15) 7-2 in the rubber match Thursday afternoon to hand the Orioles their first series loss at home. The AL West leaders have yet to lose a season series on the road, the M’s have won six road series, split one and own the AL’s best road record at 15-7.
“We’ve won a lot of series on the road, so we come in expecting to win,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said after the game. “The Orioles have a really good team. We know that. They can really swing the bats, but I thought our pitching did a really outstanding job. We’ve played well on the road. We have a lot of confidence.”
First baseman Adam Lind’s sixth inning three-run homer gave the Mariners a 5-1 lead the visitors never relented. The blast was Lind’s third of the year, and second in four games.
“It was a big at-bat,” Lind said of the hit. “I had seen all of his pitches though the course of the day, so on a full count, I just wanted to get the ball in the air somewhere to score a run. I put a good enough swing on it and hit it far enough to go over the wall”.
Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Orioles on Thursday. Martin had a solo home in Wednesdays 2-5 loss to the Orioles.
Mariner starter Nathan Karns (4-1) went five innings and allowed just one run in earning his fourth win of the season. Baltimore starter Tyler Wilson(2-2) was saddled with the loss after going six innings and allowing five runs on six hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4) will be facing off against Cincinnati pitcher Dan Straily (2-1, 3.05 ERA) on Friday as the M’s begin a three game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.