Walk this way
The Orioles used three relievers but couldn't get out of the eighth with the game tied. Yuniesky Betancourt led off with a double off Danys Baez. Jamie Walker then came in and, after retiring Ichiro Suzuki on a flyball that sent Betancourt to third, intentionally walked Jose Vidro. Chad Bradford hit Jose Guillen to load the bases. He got a second out as Kevin Millar fielded Raul Ibanez's ground ball and threw out Betancourt at home. But Bradford walked Adrian Beltre to plate the winning run.
Cabrera knocked around
It's hard to be too critical of Daniel Cabrera, who stepped up to make the start on three days' rest when interim manager Dave Trembley pushed Erik Bedard back to tomorrow as a result of a stiff neck. Cabrera's velocity didn't appear to suffer, but his command problems continued. With Cabrera unable to consistently get his breaking pitch over, the Mariners sat on his fastball. They got eight hits and scored five runs off Cabrera in five innings.
Payton gets it going
With Cabrera's early struggles, it was easy to forget that the Orioles held a 1-0 lead. That came courtesy of left fielder Jay Payton, who lined Jarrod Washburn's 1-2 pitch in the second over the left-center-field wall. It represented the Orioles' only offense off Washburn until the sixth , when Corey Patterson's groundout scored Brian Roberts, who led off the inning with a double and then stole his American League-leading 29th base. The Orioles rallied to tie the game.
The Orioles are off today and will begin a three-game series with the struggling Oakland Athletics tomorrow night at McAfee Coliseum. Left-hander Bedard (8-4, 3.22) will oppose A's right-hander Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.36). Blanton has given up a combined 22 hits and nine earned runs in his past two outings (both losses). The Orioles pounded him for eight earned runs in an 8-4 victory May 27. Bedard has never beaten the A's in six career starts.