After sweeping the M’s in Camden Yards, the Orioles dropped the first game in Seattle 3-4. Jake Arrieta took the loss while Doug Fister got the win. Brandon League recorded the save.
Starting off the game with a single to right field, Ichiro Suzuki then stole second and move around to third on a throwing error by Matt Wieters. Brendan Ryan drove him out on a ground out to second base. Justin Smoak drew the free pass and came in to score on a triple by Jack Cust.
The O’s got on the board in the third inning after seven were retired in order when Mark Reynolds went yard on a solo shot.
The Mariners got the run back in the third as Ichiro singled off the shin of Arrieta and Ryan came up with a single after him. Smoak walked to load the bases. Adam Kennedy and Miguel Olivo both drew bases loaded free passes to drive in two more runs.
Baltimore added another in the eighth, leading it off with back-to-back singles by Robert Andino and Felix Pie. Nick Markakis singled to right field to cut the deficit to two. Bringing the team within one, Pie scored when Vladimir Guerrero reached on an error.
Arrieta had location troubles today, being unable to finish off hitters and giving up four walks while recording only three strikeouts. He allowed four runs on four hits in his short 2.1 innings. He threw 68 pitches with 38 being for strikes and left the game after surrendering back-to-back bases loaded walks.
Alfredo Simon came on in relief, inheriting the bases loaded with one out, in the third to get two strikeouts to end the inning. He stayed on to work 3.2 innings and give up only two hits while striking out four. Pedro Viola made his season debut in the seventh to retire the side in order. He worked for two outs in the eighth before being relieved by Jim Johnson to get the strikeout to end the inning.
Fister worked 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Jamey Wright took the mound for 0.1 innings, giving up no hits. Aaron Laffey finished the innings with a ground out. Brandon League came on in the ninth to give up a hit but end the game on a double play.
The offense for Baltimore suffered for another game. They got eight hits—two of which were for extra bases— while sending only three to the plate four times. Six runners were left on base while the team was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They struck out nine times on the day while getting only one walk. Once again, the offense had their chances but couldn’t come through to bounce back from the early deficit.
In the middle game tomorrow, Jeremy Guthrie (2-6) will face former Oriole Erik Bedard (3-4).