The top three hitters in the batting order were a collective
9-for-15, including a home run and two doubles, as the Orioles held
off the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Saturday night.
Mora had three hits, two runs and three RBI, including a
two-run homer in the first inning.The three players combined for
all five runs and drove in four.
"When we struggle scoring runs, it's usually because our top
guys in the order aren't doing anything," Orioles manager Sam
Perlozzo said. "You see what happens when they start swinging the
bats. When we get Brian, Melvin and Miggy hitting the ball, we look
like a different team. It takes pressure off the guys at the
bottom. They don't have to carry the load."
For the season, Roberts and Mora are hitting .435 (30-of-69)
against the Mariners.
Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez (14-9) beat Seattle for the third
time in three meetings this season. He went 7 1-3 innings, allowing
seven hits and two runs. He also improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in
eight starts against AL West teams this season.
He entered this year 0-3 against Seattle.
"I couldn't get a win against them before this season. That's
part of the game," said Lopez, who had lost three of his previous
four starts. "Sometimes you are on top; sometimes on the bottom. I
always try to come in with a positive mind in every game I pitch."
Ichiro Suzuki had four of the Mariners' eight hits, raising his
batting average to .302. Three of the hits were infield singles. In
the ninth, Suzuki came up with Miguel Ojeda on first, but Ryan
struck him out to end the game.
"He's got a lot of power that people don't know about," Ryan
said. "You have to get out there, make pitches and not put him
into position to hit one out of the ballpark. We tried to make him
chase some pitches off the plate."
Mariners starter Jeff Harris (2-3), who went just three innings
in his previous start Monday against the Angels, allowed two runs
after the first two batters.
Roberts opened with a single to right before Mora drove a 2-1
pitch over the left-field scoreboard.
The Orioles scored two more in the third. Roberts hit a
ground-rule double with one out and moved to third when Harris'
pickoff throw went into center field. Mora followed with a single
just inside the third-base bag.
Javy Lopez added an RBI single later in the inning, but
Baltimore failed to add to its lead when Walter Young singled to
left -- his first major league hit -- but Jay Gibbons was tagged out
at the plate on a nice one-hop throw from Raul Ibanez to Yorvit
"They have some great hitters over there," Harris said. "I
made some mistakes and they made me pay for it. I was falling
behind a lot. You can't pitch like that."
The Mariners finally scored in the eighth. Suzuki opened with a
single to short, and an error by second baseman Roberts put runners
on first and second. The runners moved up on a groundout.
Perlozzo said he didn't want Lopez to lose the game so he
replaced him with Ray, whose first pitch was hit by Sexson into the
right-center field seats.
The Orioles added a run in the ninth on Tejada's two-out RBI
double off Rafael Soriano.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove received a quick ejection in
the first inning for protesting a call at second base. Suzuki was
called out by umpire Mike Winters on a steal attempt. Hargrove
trotted out to argue and was tossed less than a minute later. It
was just his second ejection this season. ... Entering the game,
the Mariners had made just one error in their previous 14 games.
Baltimore, on the other hand, had made at least one error in 12 of
its previous 19 games. Each team committed one error Saturday. ...
Torrealba was 0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats.