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.