Orioles Rally Past Mariners in Ninth, 3-2

Seattle bullpen can't back up brilliant start by Felix Hernandez
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 6:30 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard, left, and manager John McLaren watch from the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, April 6, 2008, in Baltimore....   (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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(Newser) – Luis Hernandez singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Seattle Mariners, 3-2 on Sunday. The Mariners wasted an outstanding pitching performance by Felix Hernandez, who threw eight shutout innings as a replacement for Erik Bedard, nearly notching his third career shutout.

Hernandez gave up five hits, struck out six, walked two and left with a 2-0 lead. But Seattle's bullpen, operating without injured closer J.J. Putz, couldn't hold on. Luke Scott had his second straight three-hit game and Dennis Safate (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the Orioles (4-1). Bedard was scratched by the Mariners due to inflammation of the left hip.