Nick Markakis struck out twice looking early but tied the game with a ground out and then hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning to help the Orioles to a 3-2 victory over Seattle last night. Markakis hit the first pitch he saw from left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith (0-1), a high fastball, five rows into the bleachers beyond right field.
Daniel Cabrera (2-0) allowed five hits and two runs in eight innings while using a slow curve the Mariners continually chased in vain. Cabrera struck out five and retired his final 11 batters. The man who led the AL with 108 walks last season walked none. George Sherrill, acquired from Seattle in February, notched his seventh save in as many chances.