The Mariners bounced back with a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Memorial Day after suffering a brutal 7-1 loss on Sunday to the Yankees. Doug Fister struck out a career high nine batters and only allowed one walk in 7.1 innings of work.
Seattle got off to a hot start with Ichiro breaking an 0-10 streak to lead off the first inning. After Ichiro stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error, Brendan Ryan drove him home with an RBI ground out to second base.
Two batters later, after Justin Smoak walked, Jack Cust hit a long fly ball to right center field. It looked as if the baseball was going to leave the park, and Cust even glanced at the flight of the ball after he hit it, however, it bounced off of the top of the wall and Cust sprinted all the way to third base for his second career triple. Smoak scored on the play and extended the Mariners lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Orioles starter Jake Arrieta loaded the bases and walked two consecutive batters, bringing the Mariners lead to 4-1. The Orioles bullpen shut out the Mariners for the rest of the game, however, the damage was already done in the short 2.1 innings Arrieta was in the game.
Baltimore's offense was not completely quiet. Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run in the third inning that reached the upper deck in left field. The Orioles also added two runs in the eighth inning to cut the Mariners lead to 4-3.
Despite the late inning surge, the Mariners bullpen was able to hold the lead with Jamey Wright, Aaron Laffey, and Brandon League combining to shut out the Orioles in two innings of combined work. Brandon League notched his 14th save of the season.
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