The Orioles waited until the ninth inning to get on the scoreboard Tuesday night in Seattle. They waited another nine innings to score again. And that was good enough.
The birds won their 14th straight extra-inning game, beating the Mariners 4-2 in 18. No, Chris Davis didn’t make an entrance as a pitcher in this one. But Davis’ slow roller that found the outfield grass in the ninth tied the score at two, and ruined a terrific effort from rookie starter Erasmo Ramirez.
Wei-Yin Chen started for the Orioles, lasting just 5.1 innings. Chen threw 103 pitches, only one of which produced any runs. In fact, the Mariners plated runs on just one swing all night: Miguel Olivo’s two-run homer (11) in the fourth.
The M’s had chances much of the night, as did the Orioles. But it wasn’t until the top of the 18th that things came together. Nate McLouth led off with a walk, and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit and run base hit to right from JJ Hardy. Manager Buck Showalter called on Taylor Teagarden to pinch hit for Xavier Avery, and he came through with another huge hit. Teagarden’s bloop hit to right scored McLouth, and the Orioles had FINALLY busted the tie. One out and one intentional walk later, Mark Reynolds scored Hardy by hitting into a force out, and the O’s led 4-2.
Jim Johnson became the O’s eighth pitcher of the night in the bottom of the 18th, and secured the win with his 44th save.
The Orioles and Mariners get together for another 10:10 game Wednesday night. Joe Saunders (2-2, 4.30) goes for the Orioles vs. Felix Hernandez (13-8, 2.92) for the Mariners.
- Bullpen: 12.2 shutout innings, an amazing performance led by Jake Arrieta (3.1 innings), Darren O’Day (1.2), Steve Johnson (3), and winner Tommy Hunter (2IP, 5-8).
- Yankees were rained out, so the O’s and Yanks are tied atop the AL East. Boston beat Tampa, and the Rays are looking done. The A’s lost as well.
- O’s: 2/14 with RISP.