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Baltimore 2, Seattle 1

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners made former Cy Young
winner Pat Hentgen look like a candidate to capture the award this
year.

The Mariners have been doing that quite a bit lately, much to
the dismay of manager Bob Melvin.

Hentgen allowed five hits in eight innings and Brian Roberts
kept up his assault on Seattle pitching as the Baltimore Orioles
beat Seattle 2-1 Sunday.

The Mariners totaled two runs in losing the final two games of
the three-game series and went 2-for-24 with runners in scoring
position in dropping two of three.

"I get tired of tipping our hat to every pitcher," Melvin
said. "We've got to find a way to break out of this thing. It's
frustrating for everybody right now; we just can't score any
runs."

The Mariners have lost four of five and 11 of 17. But Oakland
and Boston also lost Sunday, so Seattle remained two games behind
the Athletics in the AL West and 1{ games back of Red Sox in the
wild-card race.

That is of small consolation to the Mariners, who are running
out of time in which to make a move.

"If we want to play in October, we better pick it up now,"
second baseman Bret Boone said. "Not a couple days from now, but
now. Right now other teams are playing Oakland tough, so we're
right there. These are opportunities for us, but we're not taking
advantage."

Roberts went 2-for-4 and capped a two-run third inning against
Freddy Garcia with an RBI single. He went 9-for-14 in the series.

"We don't care who wins their division," Roberts said. "We're
playing for our own pride, and a lot of us are playing for our
jobs."

Hentgen (6-7) struck out three and walked two. Over his last two
starts, the 1996 Cy Young Award winner has given up just one run
and eight hits in 16 innings.

The Orioles have an option to sign Hentgen next year for $4
million, and the right-hander is certainly making a solid case for
his return.

"That's out of my control. I just go out and pitch," he said.

Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 32nd save, the second in
two games.

Hentgen got the better of Garcia (11-14), who allowed only four
hits and one earned run in seven innings but was betrayed by his
defense.

The Orioles went up 2-0 in the third. Luis Matos drew a leadoff
walk and scored when Mike Cameron fumbled Robert Machado's single
to center. Roberts then extended his season-high hitting streak to
11 games with an RBI single.

That proved to be enough offense to beat the struggling
Mariners.

"The pitchers are keeping us in every game. We're not doing
anything about it," Boone said. "The offense is just sputtering
right now."

Doubles by Randy Winn and John Mabry brought Seattle to 2-1 in
the fifth, but the Mariners got only one runner in scoring position
the rest of the way.

Seattle's inability to come up with a clutch hit was typified in
the eighth. With a runner on second and one out, Ichiro Suzuki
grounded out. After Mark McLemore walked, Carlos Guillen looked at
a third strike to end the threat.

Game notes
Seattle won the season series 5-4. ... The Mariners have
scored first in only one of their last 17 games. They're 6-11 in
that span. ... Orioles 1B Jay Gibbons went 0-for-3 and is 4-for-41
over his last 11 games. ... Baltimore has won four of six since a
nine-game losing streak.