Although the Baltimore Orioles were not able to provide any runs until the eighth inning, they managed to pull away with a 5-3 win in the first game of a three-game series in Seattle.
Cedric Mullins gave the Orioles the lead in the top of the eighth with a two-run home run, his fifth of the season. Austin Hays then doubled before Maikel Franco got him home on a groundout to shortstop to make the score 3-1.
After a Ryan Mountcastle walk, Freddy Galvis doubled the Orioles’ lead to 5-1 with another two-run home run, his third this year. Although this was the only offense the Orioles had all game, it was enough to get them a win.
Dean Kremer pitched his best game of the year for the Orioles going six innings and allowing two hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts. He still does not have a win this season, but this start has to be a confidence booster for the young 25-year old.
In the bottom of the eighth, Shawn Armstrong allowed a walk before Mitch Haniger cut the Orioles’ lead in half to make the score 5-3. Tanner Scott came in and got the final two outs of the inning before Cesar Valdez came in for the bottom of the ninth to pick up his seventh save this season.
The Mariners used seven pitchers Monday night with the first five managing to hold the Orioles scoreless. But the Orioles rallied late in the game yet again to get to 14-15 on the season.
Jorge Lopez is set to take the mound for the Orioles on Tuesday night, who is still looking for his first quality start of the season. Justin Dunn will be called upon for Seattle, who picked up a no-decision against the Astros on April 28.
Tuesday night’s game is set for a 10:10 p.m. EST start from T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Wa.