The Orioles didn’t score again until the sixth; and, really, didn’t have to. Reserve outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was 1-for-8 coming into Tuesday, blooped a two-run single into center to give the Orioles a 6-0 lead.
Dickerson was making just his third start of the season, and first since the April 20 doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished 3-for-5.
"It’s difficult when you haven’t seen live pitching in five or six days," Dickerson said. "So I wanted to make sure I was short and quick to the ball and put the ball in play and see what happens. And luckily, definitely luckily, it worked out."
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The run support was plenty for Hammel (4-1), who again was not crisp, yet did enough to limit the opposing offense and pick up the win.
He took a shutout into the sixth before serving up Mike Morse’s eighth homer of the season. Hammel yielded two more singles and was chased from the game.
Tommy Hunter allowed a single and one inherited runner to score on a ground out, before inducing a key, inning-ending double play.
Four relievers combined to shut down the Mariners (12-17).
And kept the Orioles headed in the right direction.
"We’re just going out right now and doing our jobs," Hunter said. "That’s what you’re supposed to do. ... We’ve been doing a pretty good job collectively as a group, and hopefully it continues."email@example.com