Elias, Ruggiano top O's to even series
BALTIMORE -- Roenis Elias was dominant over 7 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles to one run in Seattle's series-tying 4-2 win Wednesday night.
Elias, who took a shutout into the eighth, struck out four and scattered six hits to pick up his first win this season. Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to back his effort.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen took the loss and was charged with all four runs over seven innings.
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Offense comes through for Elias … at last: A run of hard luck ended for Elias, who finally got some run support to complement another stellar outing. Elias entered the game winless, despite not having allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts. He had gotten two runs or fewer from his offense in 11 of his past 14 starts, including five appearances where he received no support. This time, the Mariners gave him some cushion, and he took full advantage. More >
Ruggiano's big night: Facing Chen for the first time, Ruggiano doubled in his first at-bat and scored on another double by Mike Zunino in the second. Ruggiano then hit a two-run homer off the left-hander in the fourth to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead that they never relinquished. It was Ruggiano's second home run of the season.
Chen goes solid seven: Chen struck out four and became the sixth consecutive Orioles starter to go at least seven innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and took his third loss this season when going at least seven.
"Tonight I made too many mistakes on my control, so being able to get through seven innings [is] the only thing I can say is good," Chen said through his interpreter. "Maybe in my next bullpen try to make adjustments, and hopefully I can do better in my next outing."
Noise in the ninth: The Orioles got a pair of singles from Adam Jones and Delmon Young off Mariners closer Fernando Rodney and, after Chris Davis and Steve Pearce struck out, J.J. Hardy's flare brought the deficit within two. Pinch-hitter Travis Snider grounded out to end the game.
"We put ourselves in a hole early, but we gave ourselves a chance at the end," Pearce said. "That's all you can ask for. Unfortunate that we didn't get a job done, but we still had a chance to get the job done in the ninth." More >
"A lot of changeups. If you look at his percentage. It happens a lot against us. His percentage of fastballs was a whole lot higher than what we figured he would throw tonight, and he threw a lot of changeups. There's no such thing as a hitter's count anymore in the big leagues. It's almost more of an off-speed count - 2-1, 1-0, 2-0, 3-2. And you go back through it, that's probably the key for him." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on Elias
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Jimmy Paredes, who has played in 26 games this year, extended his on-base streak to a career-high 22 games.
Tyler Wilson, recalled on Monday, made his Major League debut in the ninth inning and tossed a scoreless frame. The righty allowed a pair of one-out singles but got Robinson Cano to ground into a double play to get out of the jam. More >
Paredes put the Orioles on the board with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning and went diving headfirst into second base in a closely contested play. He was ruled out, and Showalter challenged the call, which was confirmed after a review time of 2:46. The play ended the inning and any offensive momentum the O's offense had generated.
"We looked at three of them, he was safe, and one of them he was out, and that's enough for them, I'm sure, to not overturn what was called on the field," Showalter said. "If they had called him safe, they probably wouldn't have overturned that, either. I know what the end game is. I get it. But Jimmy thought he could make it, and it's still questionable whether he did or didn't. But I know what went up on the scoreboard. It's kind of who he is. He saw something and went for it, and it didn't work out."
Mariners: J.A. Happ (3-1, 2.98 ERA) will look to continue his strong start to the season on Thursday at 9:35 a.m. PT. Happ, who was acquired in December from the Blue Jays for outfielder Michael Saunders, is riding a three-game winning steak and allowed just one run over seven innings in Seattle's 2-1 victory over Boston in his most recent outing. Happ has 35 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings this season..
Orioles: Chris Tillman (2-5, 6.34 ERA) will get the start for Baltimore in the series finale vs. Seattle after being pushed back due to a back issue. Tillman last pitched May 12.
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