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Vidro's two-run single lifts Mariners past Orioles

Apr 23, 2008 - 6:13 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle Mariners are happy to have closer J.J. Putz back in the bullpen.

Jose Vidro's two-run single in the eighth inning put the Mariners on top before Putz sealed the victory in the ninth as Seattle escaped with a 4-2 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Putz, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day after being sidelined since April 2 with rib inflammation on his right side, surrendered a leadoff double to Aubrey Huff in the ninth before striking out two and inducing a groundout by Jay Payton to seal the win and notch his second save of the season.

"What can I say? It's really nice to have the big boy (Putz) back," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "It makes a big difference."

"I felt great," Putz said. "I was nervous. I had butterflies the whole time I was warming up. Coming out of the gate was great. It kind of got my blood going. ... I wasn't even thinking about the rib or anything like that."

Vidro gave the Mariners the lead by capitalizing on a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the eighth.

"(Vidro) rose to the occasion, that's for sure," McLaren said.

Yuniesky Betancourt led off the inning with a double but failed to advance as Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Lopez followed with a foulout and flyout, respectively.

After Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (0-2) issued a pair of walks to Raul Ibanez and Adrian Beltre, Vidro grounded a single through the right side of the infield, plating Betancourt and Ibanez to give the Mariners a 4-2 lead.

"Once I walked Adrian, I hoped (manager Dave Trembley) would give me a chance to put us in a position to win," Guthrie said. "I had created the mess myself and it just didn't work out."

The hit made a winner of former Oriole Arthur Rhodes (1-0), who worked a scoreless top of the eighth.

Guthrie allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, managing to keep pace with Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

"Guthrie pitched well tonight and when he got in trouble toward the end I didn't want to bring in someone else who might give up his runs," Trembley said. "I thought it was his game to win or lose.

"Hernandez didn't have his best game. But, he made some pitches and got out of his jams."

Despite not factoring in the decision, Hernandez gave up just two runs and six hits in seven frames. The 22-year-old righthander walked three and struck out seven but struggled early.

"I was dizzy all night," Hernandez said. "I had a headache. I was just trying to keep the team in the game. ... Pitch by pitch I was trying to relax because when I went fast, I was tired."

The Orioles wasted no time taking the lead as Brian Roberts led off the game with a single and scored three batters later on Kevin Millar's base hit for a 1-0 edge.

"Felix was having a tough time early," McLaren said. "In his defense, he had a little bit of a cold. He settled in. He threw quite a few pitches the first two innings then he got it together and he really did a great job for us."

The Mariners quickly responded as Ichiro led off the bottom of the frame with a triple and scored two batters later on a groundout by Ibanez.

Seattle claimed a 2-1 advantage in the fifth, when Betancourt scored on a throwing error by catcher Ramon Hernandez. But the lead did not last long as Huff tied the contest with a solo home run in the sixth inning.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 1
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 x 4 5 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE, DENNIS SARFATE (8TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ, ARTHUR RHODES (8TH), J.J. PUTZ
    (9TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA

    HOME RUNS: BAL - AUBR

    Apr 23 12:43 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE VIDRO SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT AND RAUL
    IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J VIDRO ON FIRST, A BELTRE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.221, 0-FOR-3)

    Orioles 2, Mariners 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 23 12:28 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AUBREY HUFF (3) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF FELIX HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.250, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 2, Mariners 2  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 22 11:44 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RAMON HERNANDEZ ALLOWED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.304, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 1, Mariners 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 22 11:39 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 1 0 0 1 3 0
    SEATTLE 1 0 0 1 2 1 (TOP 4)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.238, 0-FOR-1)
    R HERNANDEZ (.208, 1-FOR-1)
    L HERNANDEZ (.229, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Mariners 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 22 11:10 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 2 0 0 2 3 0
    SEATTLE 1 0 1 1 1 (BOT 3)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.196, 0 HR, 5 RBI)
    Y BETANCOURT (.262, 0 HR, 6 RBI)
    I SUZUKI (.267, 1-FOR

    Orioles 2, Mariners 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 22 10:59 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.301, 3 HR, 6 RBI)

    Orioles 1, Mariners 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 22 10:31 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 1 1 2 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE
    SEA - FELIX HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.259, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    J LOPEZ (.299, 2 HR, 16 RBI)
    R IBANEZ (.316, 5 HR, 16 RBI)

    Orioles 1, Mariners 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 22 10:27 PM