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Arrieta gets just seven outs, leaves Orioles in 4-1 hole

We won't know how much Jake Arrieta was affected by Ichiro Suzuki's come-backer that hit him in the left shin to lead off the third until we ask him after the game, but the fact remains that the starter's command wasn't good beforehand and it certainly didn't improve after it.

Arrieta was removed from the game with one out in the bottom of the third inning after he issued back-to-back bases-loaded walks to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-1 lead.

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Alfredo Simon entered and recorded back-to-back strikeouts of Carlos Peguero and Chone Figgins to save Arrieta a couple of more runs and still keep the Orioles within striking distance.

In his shortest start of the season, Arieta allowed four earned runs on four hits and four walks over 2 1/3 innings. He threw 68 pitches, just 38 of them for strikes.

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The Orioles got their only run so far on Mark Reynolds' homer in the top of the third. Reynolds' seventh homer went into the upper deck in left field and broke a 38 2/3-inning stretch without a homer.

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