SEATTLE — Marooned in the Pacific Northwest without reinforcements for their embattled pitching staff, the fourth game of the Orioles' sad trip to Seattle went the same way as the first three did.
The Mariners produced nine runs on 10 hits to give them 31 runs this series, capping an emphatic sweep of the Orioles with a 9-4 win Sunday at Safeco Field.
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," center fielder Adam Jones said. "It's four games. It's not September. This didn't knock us out of contention. Cool. They played a great series, tip your cap to the Mariners. We didn't play as good as we envisioned coming in here."
The Orioles reach the halfway point of the season at 47-34, still in first place in the American League East but limping into Los Angeles, where they'll finish this long western swing beginning Monday with the Dodgers.
Things were going fine for struggling starter Ubaldo Jimenez until a third-inning grand slam for left fielder Seth Smith. His short start meant the Orioles handed a debut to left-hander Ariel Miranda, but Seattle got to him, too.
After Smith's grand slam — his fourth home run in as many days — the Orioles clawed back with a home run by Mark Trumbo and a two-run double down the left field line by shortstop J.J. Hardy. Jimenez gave two runs back in the bottom of that fourth inning, and the Orioles never got close again.
"We didn't pitch very well, and [were] constantly trying to dig out of a hole," Showalter said. "It's kind of what we've been doing to other people. It's part of the game. You turn the page."
Jimenez sloppy: To say nothing of the deep counts, the walks, and the untimely hits that fell in as his ERA climbed to 6.95 on the season, Jimenez was done in rather uniquely in a few situations.
With two on and no outs in the third, Jimenez fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt and turned toward third base, but Manny Machado was charging in to field the ball, not covering the bag. Everyone was safe, and Smith hit a grand slam to score all three. Then, before he was chased, Jimenez allowed the Mariners' sixth run to score on a balk.
He allowed six runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, and is now 5-8 on the season.
Alvarez leaves on high note: Designated hitter Pedro Alvarez is headed to the Dominican Republic for a relative's funeral following Sunday's game, but left an impression in his final game until at least Friday.
Alvarez had three hits — two singles and a double that Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin lost in the sun — to raise his season average to .242. Since June 1, he's batting .323 (20-for-62) with eight extra-base hits.
Trumbo takes top spot: With a laser into the second deck in left field in the fourth inning, Trumbo took back sole possession of the major league home run lead. He has 24 through 81 games, putting him on pace to blow past the career-high of 34 he set in 2013.
He had entered the day tied on 23 home runs with Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.