Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth hit a solo home run and Jason
Hammel picked up his fourth win of the season -- all of which have come on the
road -- as the Baltimore Orioles downed the Seattle Mariners, 7-2, Tuesday in
the middle test of a three-game set at Safeco Field.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run double, Chris Dickerson had three hits and two RBI
and J.J. Hardy plated a run and scored another for the Orioles, who bounced
back from a 6-2 loss in Monday's series opener.
Hammel (4-1) tossed five-plus innings, yielding two runs on seven hits and
three walks to go with five strikeouts in the victory.
Michael Morse hit a solo homer and Kelly Shoppach had an RBI to account for
Seattle's two runs. Rookie Brandon Maurer (2-4) allowed four runs on six hits
over four innings for the Mariners, who had their season-high three-game
winning streak come to an end.
The visitors jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage in the first. McLouth
smacked a solo shot to right to lead off the contest. Manny Machado then hit a
double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored shortly after on another
wild pitch to make it 2-0. Wieters later hit a one-out, two-run double scoring
Nick Markakis and Chris Davis.
Baltimore struck again in the sixth versus reliever Blake Beavan. Hardy
hit a single with one down and Ryan Flaherty moved him to third with a double
to left. Dickerson made it 6-0 with a liner up the middle.
The home team finally got on the board in the bottom half. Morse opened up
the frame with a solo shot and then Shoppach, facing Tommy Hunter with
the bases loaded and no outs, grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 6-2.
The next batter, Brendan Ryan, grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The O's added another run in the seventh. Davis and Wieters smacked back-to-
back singles with one out and Hardy clubbed a single to give Baltimore a 7-2
Maurer had gone 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts ... It was
McLouth's second home run of the season ... Machado had two doubles for the
O's ... Seattle went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10
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