May 12, 2011 in Sports

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.

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