After a 5-2 loss Wednesday, the Mariners, the best road team in the American League, bounced back to win the series in Baltimore with a 7-2 triumph at Camden Yards Thursday (box). 1B Adam Lind homered, his third of the season, to break open the game. The Mariners are 15-7 in away games and 6-0-1 in seven road series.
Seattle held a 2-1 lead entering the sixth inning. Leading off, 2B Robinson Cano hit his 12th double of the season, dropping a fly ball just inside the right field line. Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson intentionally walked 3B Kyle Seager to get to Lind, who worked to a full count before pushing a high fly to the opposite field in left, barely clearing the wall, to give Seattle a 5-1 edge.
CF Leonys Martin added his seventh home run with a two-run shot to right in the ninth. Martin finished 2-for-3 with a walk. DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while SS Ketel Marte was 2-for-3, scoring twice.
Nathan Karns pitched five innings of four-hit baseball. Karns (4-1) gave up no walks and struck out five, allowing one run.
Joaquin Benoit pitched for the first time since being coming off the disabled list (shoulder stiffness). Benoit gave up two walks, a hit and a run in the eighth and had the bases loaded with one out. But CF Adam Jones had an RBI groundout and Chris Davis flied out.
“Starting pitchers have kept us in games and we’ve had a lot of big hits on the road. That’s the key. You’ve got to hit on the road to win — and we have.” Mariners manager Scott Servais
“That was a big hit today, he was the story of the game. We needed a big knock, I’m happy for him, it just kept going. The ball was carrying pretty well today. We were in the right ball park.” – Servais on Lind’s homer
Seattle is 4-0 in rubber matches this season . . .Lind’s home run was the fourth of his career at Camden Yards . . . Cano has a hit in 10 straight road games, and 12 consecutive games against the Orioles . . . Seattle had its first series win in Baltimore since Aug. 2-4, 2013 . . . Cruz, who drove in a run in the first with a single, will play right field all weekend in Cincinnati since the National League has no DH. Seattle is 6-8 when Cruz plays right and 17-8 when he’s the DH.
The Mariners travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds. Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4, 4.38) will face Reds righthander Dan Straily (2-1, 3.05) in game one Friday (4:10 p.m., ROOT Sports, 710 ESPN Radio).