Mariners’ League can’t hold lead
BALTIMORE — J.J. Hardy singled in two runs in the 12th inning Thursday night, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 for a three-game sweep.
After Seattle scored the game’s first run in the top half of the 12th, the Orioles bounced back in the bottom half against Brandon League (0-3). Derrek Lee hit a leadoff single, and League hit Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Jones with pitches to load the bases with no outs.
Matt Wieters hit a liner that shortstop Luis Rodriguez snagged, but Hardy followed with a bouncer up the middle that scored Lee and pinch-runner Jake Fox.
Hardy was mobbed by his teammates, who celebrated their second extra-inning comeback in the series. Two nights earlier, Baltimore scored twice in the 13th for a 7-6 win.
League hit only two batters with pitches all last year. He was 9 for 9 in save opportunities before blowing two in three games against the Orioles.
Ichiro Suzuki led off the 12th with an infield single off Jim Johnson (2-1), Seattle’s first hit since the fifth inning. Two straight groundouts got Suzuki to third base, and Miguel Olivo lined a single past third baseman Cesar Izturis for a 1-0 lead.