Through two games and seven innings, Orioles center fielder and former Mariners top prospect Adam Jones had had an effective but relatively quiet return to Safeco Field. That changed with one swing in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and the game tied, Jones hammered Mark Lowe's 1-2 pitch off the wall in left-center field. It barely missed being a grand slam, but Jones settled for a two-run double and a 7-5 lead.
Dave Trembley predicted that Adam Loewen would have a good start, but the Orioles manager was not prophetic. Loewen allowed five earned runs and was gone after 2 2/3 innings, the second-shortest outing by an Orioles starter this season. In front of about 60 family friends who made the two-hour drive from his hometown of Surrey, British Columbia, Loewen allowed four hits and walked three, pushing his ERA to 7.85. He allowed a solo homer to Adrian Beltre in the second and two sacrifice flies and a two-run double to Jose Vidro in the third.
It's becoming a broken record. The Orioles get a runner on third with fewer than two outs early in the game and can't get the big hit, or even a sacrifice fly for that matter. In the first inning, they had runners on first and third and one out, but Jarrod Washburn struck out Kevin Millar and Kenji Johjima threw out Nick Markakis stealing to end the inning. In the third inning, Jones was on third with no outs and didn't score. Melvin Mora fouled out and Millar popped out with the bases loaded to end the inning. The Orioles did, however, get clutch hits later in the game.