The nerves that accompanied Josh Rogers’ big league debut last week were gone Monday at Safeco Field. The Orioles rookie left-hander actually pitched better against the Seattle Mariners than he did in his first start six days ago.
But an offense that’s sputtered into September couldn’t hold up its end. In a 2-1 series-opening loss, the Orioles managed just three hits, scoring their only run on second baseman Jonathan Villar’s second homer in two days.
After Villar’s fourth-inning homer, the Orioles had just two base runners the rest of the night. They also struck out 12 times total.
The loss marked the third time in four games that the...