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Orioles talk about who else? - Zach Britton

The Seattle Mariners offensive struggles have been well documented, but Zach Britton's effort tonight speaks for itself. He threw nine shutout innings, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out five. He retired the final 13 Mariners that he faced and didn't allow a baserunner to reach second base. The only thing that he didn't do tonight was get a win as Mariners lefty Jason Vargas was equally as effective, tossing nine shutout frames of his own.

Here is reaction from the home clubhouse on Britton's performance:

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ORIOLES FIRST BASEMAN DERREK LEE

On what impresses him most about Britton: "Great composure, along with great stuff. That's a great combination. His fastball has so much movement on it with good velocity and he located it. He's fun to watch."

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On not getting him a run: "I told him, 'Our bad.' You pitch that good, you should get a win. But their guy did a good job, too. He's going to get his fair share of wins."

ORIOLES SECOND BASEMAN BRIAN ROBERTS

On not wanting to waste Britton's effort: "I guess they can say it on the other side, too. In my career, I've never seen two pitchers go nine shutout. They were both good, really good. Zach was phenomenal. There weren't a whole lot of hard-hit balls on either side. The frustration wasn't mounting because neither team had a whole lot of chances. You just knew it was a great baseball game to be a part of. But certainly you want to get your guy a win when he pitches that well."

ORIOLES SHORTSTOP J.J. HARDY

On what it was like to play behind Britton: "Oh my god, he was unbelievable. Those guys weren't taking very many good swings and he was mixing up his pitches well and hitting spots. He did really well tonight."

On trying to get Britton a win: "Yeah, we wanted to win it in the ninth for Zach. But once we were down, we definitely didn't give up and that was a big win for us. I know everyone in the lineup wants to score runs for him. When you have a pitcher that goes out there and does that, you want to get him the win. But as a team, it was just good to get him that win in the end."

ORIOLES STARTER ZACH BRITTON

On how good his stuff was: "I was able to incorporate all three pitches today whereas I haven't been able to do that in the past. I was able to get ahead of guys, not walking guys is huge, too. That helps you go deep in the game. The defense was fantastic today. That's big league defense right there, and Matt [Wieters] did a great job behind the plate. It was a great team win."

On not getting any runs: "Our guys were frustrated, obviously. But they're not trying not to score me a run. They are frustrated with some of their at-bats, but like I said, you tip your cap to Vargas. He threw the ball really well. When is that going to happen again?"

On going back out for 9th: ""I didn't think about it at all. I know I'm done when Buck comes over and shakes my hand. He didn't do that so I figured, 'hey, I'm back out there, just keep the team close.'"

On the fans standing for his final pitches of the 9th: "That's crazy. We had a lot of great fans here. They hung on the whole game, which was big. I was getting goose bumps out there against [Chone] Figgins, that last pitch right there. It was pretty awesome."

ORIOLES MANAGER BUCK SHOWALTER"

On Britton's efficiency: "I think he had two or three three-ball counts all night. And you get a tempo. You look up there in the ninth inning and it was like 10 (minutes) after 9. You've got to have some cooperation, which I wish we hadn't had from Vargas tonight to do that, but his tempo…we talk about the presentation and the tempo and what it presents sometimes. You're always asking them to operate at your pace, and you don't let the hitter dictate the pace at which he has to react to your pitches."

On wrestling with decision to send Britton out for ninth: "It was tough. I thought because he had an extra days rest this time out, and we also felt like with the tempo and effort…I say we. I can't tell you that everybody was in agreement, but I just felt like where we were in the order and where the matchup was with [Kevin] Gregg and Ichiro, who's one guy he's had struggles with, that we'd at least take him through Ichiro."

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