Brian Burres, who had pitched with runners on base for most of the first five innings, appeared to be on his way to an easy sixth after he induced Adrian Beltre to hit into a double play. But Burres walked Richie Sexson, who entered the night hitting .201. Kenji Johjima then singled. Yuniesky Betancourt broke a 2-2 tie with a high drive that bounced off the top of the left-field wall for a two-run double. Burres was done after six innings, having allowed four earned runs on nine hits and two walks.
Seattle left-hander Horacio Ramirez had not pitched since May 24, having been shut down by left-shoulder tendinitis. But he didn't look rusty, holding the Orioles to five hits and two runs in seven innings. He gave up a bases-empty home run to Ramon Hernandez in the second inning and an RBI infield single to Nick Markakis in the fourth, but nothing after that. Ramirez retired the last 11 Orioles he faced, a stretch that started when he got Aubrey Huff to hit into a fourth-inning double play.
HUFF DOUBLED UP
Huff was one of the players interim manager Dave Trembley said needed to produce more in the second half. Last night, the Orioles third baseman killed two scoring opportunities with two swings. After Kevin Millar led off the second with a single, Huff bounced into a double play. The Orioles had men on first and second with no outs when he came up for his second at-bat in the fourth inning and Huff again hit into a double play. He is 9-for-48 since hitting for the cycle June 29.
In a matchup of two hard-throwing right-handers, the Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 3.07) will oppose Seattle's Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.66). Guthrie, who has never faced the Mariners, hasn't won since beating the San Diego Padres on June 20. He allowed a season-high five earned runs in his most recent start. Hernandez is 3-0 in his past five starts and has surrendered two earned runs or fewer in four of them. He is 2-1 with a 5.96 ERA against the Orioles in his career.