The Orioles opened against the Mariners with a hard fought 7-6 win over 13 innings, snapping a four game skid. Jeremy Accardo came away with the win while Brandon League was handed the loss.
The M’s jumped out early in the second inning when Miguel Olivo started off the inning with a walk and was driven in as Adam Kennedy got just enough to put the ball just out of the reach of a leaping Nick Markakis.
J.J. Hardy welcomed himself back into the lineup after being activated today with a solo shot, to bring the O’s back within one in the third.
With a pitching duel going on in the beginning of the game, the bats stayed quiet until the sixth inning as Vladimir Guerrero and Luke Scott got back-to-back with two outs. They were both brought in on a double to left field by Adam Jones, giving the Orioles the lead for the first time on the night.
The lead didn’t last for long. With two outs in the seventh, Michael Saunders and Ichiro singled back-to-back and Chone Figgins singles, plating Saunders. Justin Smoak was given the intentional pass to load the bases. The inning continued with a single by Olivo, adding another run.
Baltimore came back in the eighth, getting the first two batters on base. Scott got the RBI single to tie up the game. Jones got his third RBI of the night, giving the O’s the lead again, with a single up the middle.
However, the Orioles didn’t hold on to the lead in the see-saw game for long as the Saunders singled to start off the ninth and Smoak drove him in, tying up the game once again.
Jake Arrieta left the game after six innings of work, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked three and struck out six but continued to go deep into the counts all night with 103 pitches thrown. He only had two innings where he sat the side down in order but was able to get out of the innings without any damage with the exception of the home run given up in the second.
Mike Gonzalez took the mound in the seventh, getting two outs and giving up two runs before being replaced by Koji Uehara, who faced two hitters before getting the final out. He stayed on in the eighth to sit the side down in order. Kevin Gregg blew his second save of the season, giving up one run on two hits in the ninth.
Going to extra innings, Jim Johnson took the tenth and eleventh, retiring all six batters faced. Jeremy Accardo pitched a scoreless twelfth inning. Staying on in the thirteenth, Accardo gave up a leadoff double to Jack Wilson and then a single to Mike Wilson, putting the Mariners up by one.
Pineda gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Three of his six innings were less than 10 pitches. David Pauley relieved the right-handed rookie, facing only three batters to end the inning. Jamey Wright took the eighth, surrendering two runs on three hits.
Aaron Laffey came out in the ninth, going scoreless on one hit. He was saved when Hardy was sent home on a Markakis double, getting out by a mile. Laffey stayed on to complete the eleventh and face two batters without an out in the twelfth. Former Oriole Chris Ray came out of the pen to finish the twelfth, leaving the bases loaded. Brandon League pitched the thirteenth, giving up four singles to allow the O’s to come out with the win as Matt Wieters got the game winning single.
The lead in the sixth was the first one for the Birds in 40 innings but the team was able to gain it three during this game. The offense seemed to awaken getting 20 hits but only five for extra bases. The leadoff man reached six times on the night. In his first night back, Hardy went 4-for-5, including a homer that was his first since last season. A total of seven hitters had multi-hit games. Leadoff man Brian Roberts is 1 for his last 30 as he continues to struggle at the plate.
Tomorrow, Chris Tillman (1-3) is slated to face Felix Hernandez (4-2).