Orioles stage late rally, force extra innings, but still lose at Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) - Two big swings by the Baltimore Orioles tied the game in the eighth. Two innings later, they walked off the field with a disappointing defeat.
Just like every other road team in the majors Tuesday night.
Austin Jackson's bases-loaded single off reliever T.J. McFarland gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory in 10 innings, marking the first time since baseball expanded to 30 clubs that all 15 home teams won on the same day.
"I don't want to be the guy that gives that up after a game like that, playing our hearts out," McFarland said.
Adam Jones and Chris Davis hit back-to-back homers to tie the score in the eighth. Jones' two-run shot chased Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Davis greeted Joe Beimel with a towering drive to right that made it 5-all.
But then Logan Morrison led off the 10th with a bloop double down the left-field line. Brad Miller followed with a single that put runners at the corners. A walk to Mike Zunino set the stage for Jackson, who singled just fair down the right-field line against McFarland (0-2).
"I really didn't know," Jackson said. "I still didn't know if it was fair even when he called it. ... Nobody really reacted. I guess it hit the chalk and the rest is history."
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters left early with a strained right hamstring.
Chris Tillman gave up five runs and eight hits over 2 1-3 innings in an unusually rough outing against the Mariners. The former Seattle second-round draft pick entered 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA in seven career appearances against his former club.
Tillman was struck on the back of his right arm by a line drive off the bat of Robinson Cano in the first inning. After a brief delay and a few warmup pitches, Tillman was cleared by a trainer to continue.
The right-hander didn't think it affected his performance much.
"It might have a little bit, but not enough to make that big an effect on the quality of my pitches," he said.
Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo homered for the Mariners. Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning to earn the win.
Cruz extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games, matching Troy Tulowitzki for the longest streak in the majors this season, but exited before the seventh with neck spasms. He said he hopes to play Wednesday.
"I think when you have a Nelson Cruz sitting there in the middle of your lineup, you feel pretty confident going into every game," Jackson said. "He's swinging the bat. We're rallying behind him ... trying to feed off that energy."
The last time home teams went undefeated on a day with more than one game was an 8-0 record on Aug. 28, 2008 - although road squads were 7-0 on April, 2, 2013, according to STATS.
Arizona and Tampa Bay joined the majors in 1998, bringing the total to 30 teams.
STATS said previously the best performance by home teams had been 11-0, accomplished six times - t hree in the 1800s. The most recent occasion was Sept. 16, 1989.
Seattle had a 4-2 lead after the first thanks to two homers. Cruz hit a solo shot with two outs and Trumbo added a three-run drive later in the inning.
Kyle Seager added another run for Seattle with a second-inning sacrifice fly to score Miller, who doubled leading off the inning and moved to third on Jackson's single.
The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Jonathan Schoop.
Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs before Schoop's hit, but Mariners starter Taijuan Walker quickly rebounded and later retired 11 straight.
Walker allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Wieters came out during a pitching change in the third. He said his hamstring felt sore the past few games and it was worse during his first at-bat. He will be re-evaluated Friday after Thursday's off day, but believes the injury was caught i n time to avoid the disabled list. ... RHP Chaz Roe is expected to get a cortisone shot for his shoulder inflammation, but is still on track to return from the disabled list Aug. 25, manager Buck Showalter said.
Orioles: Baltimore wraps up a nine-game road swing, sending Kevin Gausman to the mound looking to improve his 2-3 record and 4.56 ERA.
Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma pitches Wednesday afternoon as the Mariners close out a six-game homestand.