Miley cruises after escaping early trouble

Left-hander tosses six shutout innings in 10-0 win over Orioles

May 18th, 2016

BALTIMORE -- It initially looked as though Wade Miley wouldn't be able to find his groove. A couple of walks during a 30-pitch first inning hinted at a long night for the lefty.

But after escaping the early jam without a run, and preserving the two-run lead he was afforded before he even took the mound, Miley settled down. The left-hander tossed six scoreless innings and allowed two hits in the Mariners' 10-0 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Miley threw just 39 pitches over the next three innings, retiring eight of nine hitters during that stretch. He found his stuff and trusted his catcher, Chris Iannetta. He didn't allow his first hit -- a single off the center-field wall to Matt Wieters -- until the fifth inning.

"You see the guys scoring runs, you want try to eliminate [a different approach] because you don't want that to change how you're attacking hitters," Miley said. "Fortunately, tonight we were able to stay on track and do that and it worked out."

"Wade's got four or five different pitches," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. "Sometimes it takes an inning or two to see which ones he's going to work out. Good fastball location, in and out with the fastball. They've got a good lineup, but he kept them off-balance tonight."

The outing was Miley's fourth straight working at least six innings, and the big night from the offense let Servais use relievers who had not pitched much recently.

Lefty Vidal Nuno tossed two scoreless innings of relief, and righty Steve Johnson finished the ninth without much drama.

"It was nice to see," Servais said. "We talked to [Nuno] a little bit earlier today to try to get him in a little more and the two innings today, it was very efficient, which makes him available again."

Facing a hot Orioles team with plenty of dangerous hitters at the top of the lineup, Miley avoided damage by keeping the ball on the ground and inducing harmless popups.