Mariners overcome three-run deficit, rally late to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- For five innings, Adam Loewen was everything
the Baltimore Orioles envisioned when they made him the fourth
overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft.

Pitching against the Seattle Mariners in his eighth major league
start, the left-hander faced the minimum 15 batters, allowing a
third-inning single to Jose Lopez before Adrian Beltre hit into a
double play.

"I felt like I was cruising through the first five," he said.

Then the Mariners got their offense working, and Loewen was long
gone by the time Seattle closed out a 10-5 victory Monday night.

Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima homered for the Mariners, who
trailed 3-0 before scoring all their runs in the final four
innings. Yuniesky Betancourt and Lopez each had three hits to help
Seattle to its seventh win in nine games.

"Once we got past the fifth inning it just seemed like we got
hits when we needed them," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Loewen came into the game with 32 walks in 44 1/3 innings, but
in this one he was repeatedly around the strike zone. His lone walk
came in the sixth.

"The report on him was he couldn't throw strikes," Sexson
said. "But he was doing that, so we had to change our approach and
get more aggressive."

Betancourt and Adam Jones got Seattle's offense started with
one-out singles in the sixth. After Lopez singled in a run, Loewen
walked Beltre to load the bases for Raul Ibanez, who tied it with a
two-run single.

The Mariners made it 5-3 in the seventh. Eduardo Perez led off
with a single and advanced when left fielder Brandon Fahey
misplayed the ball. Johjima followed with an RBI single to end the
longest outing of Loewen's career.

Julio Manon, called up from Triple-A Ottawa earlier Monday, got
two outs before an error by third baseman Melvin Mora allowed
another run to score.

Loewen allowed seven hits and four earned runs in six-plus
innings. He struck out five.

"Late in the game, that's been the story. I've been battered a
little bit and haven't come out on top," Loewen said. "This is a
tough one, especially with a 3-0 lead."

Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said, "I thought Adam made huge
strides tonight. We'll just take steps with him, and we feel like
we've got ourselves a pitcher."

Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who
have lost three of four.

Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada, the subject of trade rumors
leading up to Monday's non-waiver trading deadline, went 1-for-3
with a walk. Before the game, Tejada spoke excitedly about staying
in Baltimore.

"I told them before that I don't want to go anywhere. If I'm
going to win, I want to win here," he said. "Now, they show me
they really want to win. They kept me here."

After Seattle went ahead in the seventh, Markakis hit his fourth
homer in the bottom half to chase Julio Mateo (6-4), who had
replaced starter Gil Meche in the sixth.

Sexson led off the eighth against Eddy Rodriguez with his 23rd
homer, the second in two games. After Perez walked, Johjima
homered, Betancourt doubled and Lopez hit an RBI single for a 9-4

Corey Patterson singled in a run in the Orioles' half, and
Sexson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to cap the Mariners'
scoring flurry.

"We had been struggling, obviously, the first half of the
game," Sexson said. "So it was nice to put a bunch of hits
together and get a lead."

Roberts homered on Meche's second pitch to put the Orioles in
front. The ball cleared the 25-foot scoreboard in right field and
became the 39th in the 15-year history of Camden Yards to land on
Eutaw Street.

Two batters later, Mora hit his 12th home run for a 2-0 lead.
Jay Gibbons added an RBI single in the Baltimore third.

Game notes
Seattle is 17-4 when Sexson homers. ... Roberts went
2-for-3 against Meche and is 12-for-23 against him lifetime. ...
Roberts has three homers, two in the last four games. Seattle
rookie Mark Lowe retired the only batter he faced and is unscored
upon in nine appearances. ... Manon replaced LHP Kurt Birkins, who
was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow.