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Smoak's 3-run HR lifts Mariners over Orioles

Jun 1, 2011 - 5:42 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Justin Smoak's three-run homer in the eighth inning was all the offense the Seattle Mariners needed in a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles to take the first two contests of a three-game series.

The Seattle offense was held to just three hits leading up to the eighth, but Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error with two outs and Brendan Ryan got an important single before Smoak's shot sailed deep into the right field seats.

Chris Ray (2-1) got the win in 1 2/3 innings for relief for starter Erik Bedard, who allowed two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Brandon League picked up his 15th save for the red-hot Mariners, who have won 11 of their last 13 and are two games over .500 (28-26).

Matt Wieters belted a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

"I'm not going to sit around that 'woe is me' and 'pity world' that everybody lives in looking for a sympathetic ear, nobody cares," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his team's struggles. "Play better."

Jeremy Guthrie (2-7) was the hard-luck loser, giving up the three unearned runs in the eighth. He allowed just five hits and struck out nine in the complete game.

Guthrie did not make many mistakes in the game, but he had a few detrimental hiccups in the eighth.

First, he missed a Luke Scott close-proximity hard throw when Suzuki was throttling down to first on a sharp grounder. The out would have ended the inning, however, it put a charge in the dormant Seattle offense as Ryan followed up with a single.

Guthrie's biggest mistake, though, was against the next batter when he elevated a changeup that Smoak smoked deep over the right field fence to put the Mariners up 3-2.

"(Guthrie) threw well," Smoak said. "He was throwing his sinker to lefties and throwing pretty hard and had command of all his pitches. It was one of those we just kept battling and scratching, and finally, with Ichi getting a hit and Brendan getting a hit, I came up there and put a good swing on one."

League then came into the ninth and retired all three Orioles he faced.

Baltimore finally broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Bedard walked Robert Andino, who scurried to third on Adam Jones' single to put runners on the corners with no outs.

The scoring threat was minimized though, when Nick Markakis grounded into a double play but Andino was able to score. Bedard escaped the inning with a Vladimir Guerrero soft grounder to short.

Wieters led off the seventh with an opposite field shot that just cleared the fence in right to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead.

Game Notes

Baltimore's run in the sixth snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for Bedard...Ryan went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games... Jones returned to Baltimore's lineup after missing Monday's start because of a sore shoulder. He went 2-for-4...The O's have dropped eight of 10 at Safeco Field.