Just as it seemed as if one big swing in the eighth inning from beleaguered first baseman Chris Davis had erased the sting of a letdown start from Alex Cobb, closer Zach Britton allowed a rare home run to level the game at seven in the ninth.
The Orioles tied the game with three runs in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, but ultimately lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 10 innings on Austin Jackson¿s bases-loaded walk-off single in front of an announced 24,863 at Safeco Field.
Once play resumed in the bottom of the third, the Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a three-run lead, and the Orioles needed a two-out RBI single from J.J. Hardy in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory.
It is currently steadily raining at Camden Yards and the tarp is still on the field less than one hour before the Orioles are slated to play their series finale against the Seattle Mariners this afternoon.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event.
Adam Jones' bases-loaded single in the 14th inning Tuesday night capped a four-hour, 55-minute test of survival, giving the Orioles their 12th straight extra-inning win, 8-7, over the Seattle Mariners.
he 26-year-old held the Mariners hitless for 6 1/3 innings before giving up a solo homer to Seattle left fielder Casper Wells, a former Towson University standout. But watching Seattle break up Chen¿s bid for a perfect game couldn¿t compare to watching the Orioles bullpen nearly give away the game.