The Baltimore Orioles seek their fourth consecutive victory when they host theSeattle Mariners in Tuesday’s second contest of a three-game set. Baltimore has won five of its past seven games and sits just 5 1/2 games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East. The Orioles have allowed just one run during a three-game winning streak. Seattle has lost three of four after putting together a seven-game winning streak.
Baltimore’s pitching has been fantastic with two consecutive shutouts prior to Monday’s 3-1 victory. The Orioles hurled 28 straight scoreless innings before Seattle struck for an eighth-inning run. Closer Jim Johnson took over the major league lead with his 33rd save. Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer and has six multi-hit efforts in his last 11 games. The Mariners are 1-3 on a nine-game road trip and have tallied just seven runs. Seattle starter Blake Beavan has won four consecutive starts since returning from a minor league demotion.
Mariners Orioles Betting
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle), MASN (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Blake Beavan (6-6, 5.20 ERA) vs. Orioles LH Zach Britton (1-1, 8.35)
Beavan has been electric since returning to the majors in mid-July. He has struck out 18 and walked just one during his four-game winning streak. Beavan allowed three runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last outing. He has never faced Baltimore.
Britton is making his fifth start of the season and has been hit hard in his last two outings. He has allowed 13 runs in 8 1/3 innings during the stretch and lasted just 2 2/3 innings (giving up seven runs) against the New York Yankees in his last start. Britton has walked 14 batters in just 18 1/3 innings. He took a no-decision against Seattle last season when he pitched three-hit shutout ball over nine innings.
1. Mariners C Jesus Montero is batting .359 against left-handers but has dropped to .210 against righties.
2. Orioles 1B Mark Reynolds was just 4-for-37 in his career against Seattle before going 3-for-3 on Monday.
3. Seattle SS Brendan Ryan (elbow) is expected to return after missing two straight games.