Monday, July 18, 2005

MLB: Seattle Mariners 3, Orioles 2 (July 16)

WP: J.J. Putz (2-3)
LP: Chris Ray (0-1)

BAL: 49-41 (2nd in AL East, 1 behind Boston, 0.5 ahead of New York)
SEA: 40-50 (4th in AL East, 13.5 behind Los Angeles)

The Orioles had their four game winning streak snapped as they left seven men in scoring position and lost in the ninth inning after a crucial throwing error by rookie pitcher Chris Ray.

Jamie Moyer and Bruce Chen dueled for 8 innings, each giving up only two runs, but J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for the Mariners, allowing his team to win it with a game-ending run.

In the ninth, Chris Ray (who came in and struck out Richie Sexson with two outs and a man on second in the eighth) gave up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre, who went to third when Ray threw Willie Bloomquist's slow roller to the mound over the head of 1B Rafael Palmeiro. Mike Morse followed with a single to score the unearned run that ended the game.

The Yankees beating the Red Sox meant that the O's remained a game out of first, but were only 0.5 ahead of third-place New York.

The Orioles still had a chance to win the series, sending Sidney Ponson to the mound against Gil Meche on Sunday afternoon.

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