(Sports Network) - After putting the brakes on their first losing streak under manager Buck Showalter, the Baltimore Orioles can grab a series win over the Seattle Mariners with a victory tonight in the continuation of a three-game series from Camden Yards.
Baltimore had dropped two in row before Monday's 5-4 win in 11 innings when Adam Jones plated Nick Markakis with a bunt single in the bottom of the 11th. Jones and Markakis both ended with three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who are 10-4 under Showalter. Jones scored on a bases-loaded walk to even the score in the home 10th.
"I love it. It's a great play. We need 90 feet there, and there's a lot of ways to get it," said Showalter. "You like putting the pressure on them. At any sport, when you put professional athletes at a speed where they're not comfortable with, that's where mistakes are made."
Matt Albers earned the win for tossing a scoreless top of the 11th, while starter Brad Bergesen, who halted a career-long seven-game losing streak on Wednesday against Cleveland, took a no-decision in this one. The right-hander worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
Kevin Millwood gets the nod for the Orioles tonight and he's just 0-4 with a 7.18 earned run average in his last seven starts. Millwood pitched well enough for the win in his last outing, a 4-1 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. He allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings to fall to 2-12 in 23 starts to go along with a 5.74 ERA.
Millwood, a right-hander, is 1-4 in 11 home starts this season and 8-12 with a 5.13 ERA in 23 career starts against Seattle.
Millwood, who hasn't won since June 24, is 0-1 in two starts against the Mariners this season.
The Mariners have lost two straight and three of five games following last night's tough loss in extra frames. Sean White was on the hill when Jones bunted home Markakis and absorbed the loss.
Doug Fister was no better in the start, yielding three runs and 10 hits in five innings for Seattle, which got home runs from Russell Branyan, Jose Lopez and Adam Moore. Moore ended with a game-best four hits.
"We battled back and put up some runs," Moore said. "I was able to hit that home run, and we had our closer in there, and we didn't get the win."
Seattle will send Luke French to the mound Tuesday and he's 1-3 with a 4.96 earned run average in seven games (4 starts) this season. French was dealt the loss in his previous outing on Wednesday in a 5-1 loss versus Oakland, as he was reached for four runs and seven hits in six innings.
French has never faced Baltimore and is 0-2 in three games (2 starts) as the visitor this season.
The Mariners have won four of seven games against Baltimore this season, but lost two of three matchups at Camden Yards from May 11-13.