Series: Game 3 of 4

Baltimore leads 2-1 (as of 7/16)

Game 1: Thursday, July 14
Game 2: Friday, July 15
Game 3: Saturday, July 16
Game 4: Sunday, July 17

Orioles 2

(49-41, 22-21 away)

Mariners 3

(40-50, 21-24 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 16, 2005

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: J. Putz (2-3)

    L: C. Ray (0-1)

    Orioles miss chance to move into tie for first place

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Rookie Mike Morse peppers his manager and teammates with questions, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.

    And every now and then, he sure shines for the Seattle Mariners.

    Morse lined a game-winning RBI single to right field after reliever Chris Ray's throwing error put a runner on third base, giving the Mariners a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

    "This is a first for me," said Morse, who is hitting .345 since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on May 31. "It was awesome, especially to do it at this level and to see the guys run out and congratulate you."

    Adrian Beltre led off the ninth with a single to right off Ray (0-1), and Willie Bloomquist hit a dribbler that Ray fielded and threw way over the head of first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.

    Given another chance, Ray would have handled things differently.

    "I would probably have faked to first and held on to that ball," he said. "I just thought I could get him at that point. I made a bad throw. I was a little off balance when I made the throw."

    The ball sailed into the stands, but Bloomquist was awarded a single. Ray was charged with an error that put Beltre at third and Bloomquist on second for Morse, who sent an 0-2 pitch into right field.

    "No outs right there. Everybody dreams of getting the big hit and winning the game," Morse said. "The more games you win like that, I guess the respect comes, but I'm nowhere near that yet."

    Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said Morse has an inquisitive mind, asking a lot of questions before he hits.

    "He'll ask me before an at-bat about how the pitcher is throwing," Hargrove said. "A lot of times, what he thinks is right on the mark. He asks a lot of good questions. It's a good way to learn."

    Bloomquist's at-bat was just as important. After two unsuccessful bunt attempts for two strikes, he accomplished exactly what he'd hoped on a swing that chopped the ball onto the infield grass.

    "That was a terrible job of executing the bunt on my part, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Bloomquist said. "I couldn't have rolled it any better if I was trying to bunt it."

    One night after a two-hit performance that included his 3,000th career hit, Palmeiro singled twice in four at-bats to boost his total to 3,003. He's four hits from tying Al Kaline (3,007) for No. 24 on the all-time list.

    The Orioles missed a chance to move into a tie with Boston for first place in the AL East after the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 7-4 earlier Saturday.

    J.J. Putz (2-3) got the win after relieving Jamie Moyer in the ninth. Moyer, who earned his 200th career victory in his previous start on July 8, pitched eight strong innings in a duel with Baltimore's Bruce Chen.

    Moyer allowed two runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Chen worked 7 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

    Baltimore tied it at 2 in the fourth, with Surhoff hitting a sacrifice fly and Bigbie recording a run-scoring groundout.

    Richie Sexson hit a solo home run in the first to put the Mariners up 2-0, just after Raul Ibanez's sacrifice fly.

    Game notes

    In his last six games, Palmeiro is 10-for-21 with three homers. ... The fans booed when Chen hit Suzuki with a pitch in the fifth. ... By working the first inning, Moyer passed Randy Johnson to become Seattle's franchise leader in innings pitched. He's now at 1,846 1-3 innings. ... The Orioles have collected at least 10 hits in 45 of their 90 games. ... Bloomquist's ninth-inning single extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. ... Baltimore was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

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