Written by Chris Slade
Today's series finale featured Miguel Gonzalez and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias on the mound. The Mariners scored first when rookie Chris Taylor drove in a run on an RBI double in the 2nd. The Orioles answered in the 3rd when Jonathan Schoop singled in a run. The O's took a 2-1 lead in the 8th on an RBI single by Manny Machado. But, Mike Zunino tied things back up in the bottom of the 8th with a solo home run. The game went into extras where the O's took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th when Machado sac flied in another run. Zach Britton struck out the side to seal the series win.
Miguel Gonzalez had worked into the 8th inning in each of his previous of his previous three starts. Today, his stuff wasn't as sharp and the Mariners were able to put the ball in play with frequency. He fanned just one batter and allowed 8 hits during his outing. But, Gonzalez is generally solid with damage control and that was the case today. He bent at times, but didn't break. None of the hits he allowed left the park and after he exited in the 6th, just one run had crossed the plate. We call that a quality start.
Final Line: 6 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, K, No Decision
Brian Matusz struck out a pair during a scoreless 7th inning.
Darren O'Day, usually money all day, allowed the solo job to Mike Zunino that tied the game up.
T.J. McFarland pitched the bottom of the 9th and sent the game to extras with a scoreless frame that included strikeouts of James Jones and Dustin Ackley.
Once the O's took the lead it was ZACH BRITTON TIME. An he lived up to the bolded letters I just typed. He struck out the side in dominant fashion with the radar gun reading 98 MPH on a few of his nasty sinkers.
Like most of the games on this road trip, runs were hard to come by again today for the offense. Roenis Elias didn't have his sharpest control but the quality of stuff was there as he punched out six hitters while allowing just one run to score over his 5 innings of work.
The Orioles finally grabbed a lead again in the 8th. After they loaded the bases against Brandon Maurer, an RBI single off the bat of Machado gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.
Once again, the Orioles loaded the bases in the 10th for Machado. This time he hit a sac fly to bring in the go ahead run.
Defensive Highlights/ Lowlights
Nick Markakis picked up his 10th outfield assist of the year in the 2nd when he gunned down Kyle Seager at second base.
Steve Pearce can flash the leather too and made a nice diving catch in left field off the bat of Logan Morrison in the 4th.
Key Moments In The Game
The leadoff doubles by Adam Jones were key to the crucial runs being scored. Both of Jones' doubles lead to him scoring, once in the 8th and again in the 10th. Manny Machado drove in both runs as well.
Other Notes/ Musings
Darren O'Day had thrown 14 consecutive scoreless outings before today so try not to get too mad at him.
The Orioles finish their west coast trip with a 6-4 record and are 58-46 on the season with a 3 game lead in the AL East.
Because the schedule makers lack creativity, the west coast teams will be following the Orioles back to OPACY with the Angels and Mariners coming to town this week.
Next game is Tuesday and features a rematch between Chris Tillman and Jered Weaver.
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