Huff, Orioles Get Rare Sweep of Mariners

Seattle bullpen fails again in absense of Putz
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 5:36 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners pitcher Eric O'Flaherty reacts after giving up a solo home run to Baltimore Orioles Aubrey Huff in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 7, 2008 in Baltimore. The Orioles...   (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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(Newser) – Aubrey Huff homered to break an eighth-inning tie, and the surprising Baltimore Orioles completed their first four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners since 1999 with a 5-4 victory Monday. Melvin Mora also homered, and Brian Roberts had three hits for the Orioles, an AL-best 5-1. The Mariners, last in the AL West, fell to 2-5.

If the city is excited over Baltimore's fast start, it wasn't reflected in the attendance. The second-smallest crowd in the 17-year history of Camden Yards, 10,774, came out on a chilly afternoon. Huff connected off Eric Flaherty (0-1), whose performance was typical of the Mariners bullpen throughout series. Pitching without injured closer J.J. Putz, Seattle relievers gave up six runs over 7 2-3 innings.