July 8, 2009 in Sports

Orioles rally for five in ninth to beat Seattle

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora tries to run down Seattle Mariners’ Ryan Langerhans in the second inning of a baseball game at Safeco Field in Seattle on Wednesday. Langerhans was tagged out by Orioles second baseman Ty Wigginton.
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SEATTLE — The Baltimore Orioles took advantage of two errors by second baseman Jose Lopez and rallied for five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Wednesday.

Entering the ninth with a 3-0 lead, closer David Aardsma (2-3) blew just his second save in 19 chances. Melvin Mora doubled, Gregg Zaun walked and Oscar Salazar singled to load the bases. Felix Pie ran for Salazar.

Adam Jones beat out a slow infield single to third to score Mora. Nick Markakis then hit a potential double-play ball to Lopez, who dropped it. Zaun scored. Ty Wigginton followed with a two-run single to center for a 4-3 lead.

Lopez also had a throwing error to first later in the inning, allowing Wigginton to score.

Aardsma’s only other blown save was May 31 at Los Angles Angels.

Lopez had given the Mariners a first-inning lead with his 12th home run, a two-run shot off the left-field pole. He hit an 0-2 pitch from Orioles starter David Hernandez.

Brian Bass (5-2), worked two innings for the victory. George Sherrill earned his 19th save in 22 opportunities.

Jason Vargas went six innings, limiting the Orioles to just three hits. He struck out six but also issued a season-high five walks, including opening the fourth with back-to-back walks. But he struck out Zaun reaching for a low change. Robert Andino flied out to right and Jones struck out on a high fastball.

The Orioles had a huge opportunity in the seventh. Zaun opened with a single off Miguel Batista. Pinch-hitter Salazar drew a four-pitch walk. Jones then bounced a potential double-play grounder to third baseman Chris Woodward. He dropped it on the exchange, loading the bases with no outs.

Garrett Olson, the team’s fifth starter working in relief before the break, took over. He struck out Markakis then induced Wigginton to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Seattle scored its final run in the eighth on Salazar’s throwing error to first, allowing Lopez, who had doubled, to score from second.

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