BY SPNW Staff 09:48PM 04/29/2013

Saunders Throws Gem, Mariners Top Orioles 6-2

The Mariners, who went nearly a month without winning two games in a row, captured their third consecutive contest Monday night at Safeco Field, scoring three times in the sixth inning en route to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. With the victory, Seattle improved 12-16 as it received another outstanding Safeco performance from lefty Joe Saunders.

The Mariners, nearing the end of a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, welcomed back outfielder Michael Saunders, who staked them to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning. After Baltimore took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer by Matt Wieters, the Mariners went up 3-2 in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Jason Bay and an RBI single by Robert Andino.

The Mariners broke it open in the sixth with three runs, highlighted by Kyle Seager’s run-scoring triple.

But the story of the game was Saunders (2-3), who threw a complete game and continued his run of success at Safeco. He’s now 8-0 lifetime at the ballpark with a 1.22 ERA in 12 career starts. Saunders allowed just two runs on four hits, struck out two and walked one, and threw 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

It was the eighth career complete game for Saunders, signed by the Mariners Feb. 12 as a free agent. He is now 2-0 at Safeco this season vs. 0-3 with a 12.51 ERA on the road.

Saunders scored two runs in his return to the club following a stint on the DL with an injured shoulder. Bay, who hit a big home run Sunday against the Angels, went 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in a run. Seager had two hits after seeing his 16-game hitting streak snapped Sunday, and Justin Smoak went 2-for-4, lifting his average to .223. The downer was a Safeco-record low crowd — 9,818.

The Mariners and Orioles play the second game of the series Tuesday night at Safeco Field. RHP Brandon Maurer (2-3, 5.6) will start for Seattle opposite RHP Jason Hammels (3-1, 3.82).


  • jafabian

    Nice to see the batters actually use the field instead of trying to beat it. Rather than trying for the home run they were pulling the ball, spraying hits across the field. Smart base running and solid pitching and defense. Bit concerned that Ryan had one ugly at bat where he couldn’t bunt to save his life. Not the first time that’s happened this season but he got a nice hit later on. Wedge should re-play this game in the clubhouse every so often to remind the team of what they can do.

  • maqman

    I think the team knows what it is capable of, it’s just too many have been struggling to play up to their ability. If and when they figure it out this team is still capable of being above average. They have been guilty of bad play at times and they have not had much luck, with some key players on the DL. What goes around comes around and they are overdue for a dose of good luck for a change. Hey, it could be worse, we could be Angels fans.