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Roberts' blast lifts Orioles over Mariners

Apr 25, 2008 - 6:55 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle Mariners have seen two of their former players come back to haunt them in the past two days.

Brian Roberts snapped a tie in the eighth inning with a solo homer and Adam Jones had three hits against his former team as the Baltimore Orioles posted an 8-7 win over the Mariners on Thursday.

Melvin Mora, Jay Payton and Nick Markakis each had two hits and combined to score five runs for the Orioles, who have won five of their last seven games.

"We played hard tonight," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We believed we were going to win. All we needed was to get the tying run up to the plate."

One of the biggest moves of the offseason involved Baltimore shipping ace Erik Bedard to Seattle for a package of five players that included Jones and closer George Sherrill.

So far this season, Baltimore has taken six of seven games from Seattle, and Jones and Sherrill have been big parts of the success.

The Orioles clawed their way back from a 5-0 deficit with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before exploding for four in the seventh to pull ahead, 7-5. Jones capped the rally with a two-run double, battling back from an 0-2 count to drive the sixth pitch he saw from Mark Lowe deep into the left-center field gap to plate Markakis and Aubrey Huff.

After Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer to pull the Mariners even in the bottom of the seventh, Roberts led off the eighth with his second homer of the season, driving a 1-0 fastball from Sean Green (1-1) over the wall in right field.

"We just had a rough go in the pen tonight," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "We just gave them too many pitches to hit. We just didn't get it done. It was just one of those games."

"This team amazes me, it really does," Roberts said. "We were down 5-0 early and there was no panic. You kind of chip away, and the next thing you know, it's a two- or three-run game and you have some guys come up with really big hits - Adam Jones and Aubrey. It's a fun team to be a part of right now because we play all 27 outs."

Roberts has struggled of late, coming off a homestand during which he was just 4-for-28.

"I haven't (been contributing)," Roberts said. "As long as we're winning, fine. But in a situation where you contribute and it helps win a game, it's huge. I have been working hard trying to get things right, and to finally have it pay off is nice."

Sherrill pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season and fifth against his former team.

"It doesn't really matter who it is against, but it does have a little extra special meaning," said Sherrill. "Just because I know all the guys, it gives me a little bragging rights."

Seattle opened a 5-0 lead against Baltimore starter Adam Loewen, pounding the Canadian lefthander for five runs and four hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

Loewen admitted he is suffering from pain in his left forearm and that it seems to be getting worse.

"It starts off as a dull pain and gets sharper as I go on," said Loewen, who did not pitch after May 1 last year because of an elbow injury.

After four starts his ERA stands at 7.85.

"I haven't been pitching well, and it's a relief that we have some guys who can come in and do a better job than I have right now," Loewen said. "It hasn't got to the point where I can't throw a baseball, but it's affecting my release point."

Loewen said he would accompany the team to Chicago for its weekend series with the White Sox, then return to Baltimore to see a doctor.

"When you've got a 5-0 lead, you've got to slam the door and get it done," McLaren said. "We had a three-run lead when the bullpen took over and we just couldn't hang on."

Chad Bradford (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames to pick up the win.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 8 13 0
    SEATTLE 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 10 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - ADAM LOEWEN, RANDOR BIERD (3RD), MATT ALBERS (5TH), JAMIE
    WALKER (7TH), CHAD BRADFORD (7TH), GEORGE SHERRILL (9TH) AND
    RAMON HERNANDEZ
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN,

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    Orioles 8, Mariners 7  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 25 1:01 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BRIAN ROBERTS (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF SEAN GREEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8, SEATTLE 7
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.250, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Orioles 8, Mariners 7  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 25 12:48 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ICHIRO SUZUKI (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF JAMIE WALKER SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7, SEATTLE 7
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.287, 0-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Orioles 7, Mariners 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 25 12:38 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM JONES SCORED NICK MARKAKIS AND AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A JONES ON SECOND, R HERNANDEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B FAHEY (.200, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles 7, Mariners 5  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 25 12:27 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED MELVIN MORA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A HUFF ON FIRST, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J PAYTON (.324, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Orioles 5, Mariners 5  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 25 12:18 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KEVIN MILLAR SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON FIRST, M MORA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.250, 0-FOR-3)

    Orioles 4, Mariners 5  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 25 12:15 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM JONES SCORED JAY PAYTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A JONES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B FAHEY (.211, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 3, Mariners 5  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 25 12:00 AM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    KEVIN MILLAR HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING MELVIN MORA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    SEATTLE 5 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.254, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 2, Mariners 5  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 24 11:36 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JAY PAYTON (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF JARROD WASHBURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1, SEATTLE 5
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: R HERNANDEZ (.197, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Mariners 5  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 24 11:14 PM
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    Orioles 0, Mariners 5  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 24 11:13 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY JOSE VIDRO SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI AND
    ADRIAN BELTRE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J VIDRO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.203, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 0, Mariners 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 24 11:06 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.296, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Orioles 0, Mariners 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 24 11:01 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, Y BETANCOURT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.314, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 0, Mariners 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 24 11:01 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ADAM LOEWEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.200, 2 HR, 13 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Mariners 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 24 10:34 PM