Well, it pretty much has come down to this over the past couple of weeks: Either the Orioles come back from a big deficit or they watch somebody else do it. Maybe those early four-run leads are overrated.
Mariners closer David Aardsma came into the game with 17 saves in 18 opportunities. He had not allowed a run since May 31. The Orioles had given up an insurance run on a throwing error by Oscar Salazar in the eighth inning. This was another one of those games where no one would have been any the wiser if the Orioles had gone down meekly in the ninth.
Instead, they battled Aardsma hard and the Mariners defense fell apart in a five-run Orioles rally that featured two glaring fielding miscues by Lopez, who probably doesn't even remember that he provided most of the Mariners offense today.
Still, can't help thinking how good this trip would have been for the Orioles if they could have won the games they were supposed to win.