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Lopez scatters four hits as same-look O's blank M's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- As usual, Jamie Moyer turned in an effective
performance against the Baltimore Orioles.

Unfortunately for Moyer and the Seattle Mariners, Rodrigo Lopez
was even better.

Lopez took a three-hitter into the eighth inning and Melvin Mora
and Nick Markakis each had an RBI, leading the Orioles to a 2-0
victory Tuesday night.

The subject of trade talks in the days leading up to Monday's
non-waiver trade deadline, Lopez (8-11) allowed four singles in 7
2-3 innings. The right-hander struck out five, walked none and
permitted only one runner past first base.

"If it wasn't my best, it was one of my best starts of the
year," Lopez said. "It came at the right time. There are two
months to go, I would like to finish hard, and this is a good
start."

Lopez started the game with a 6.57 ERA and had allowed a total
of 20 hits in his last two outings, but on this night he was
brilliant.

"You just try and be patient and do something. He didn't miss
too much with me," said Seattle's Ben Broussard, who went 0-for-3
with a strikeout. "It seemed like he was pitching on the corners
of both sides of the plate."

Tim Byrdak got the final out in the eighth and Chris Ray worked
a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

Kenji Johjima had two hits for the Mariners (52-54), who were
bidding to reach the .500 mark for the first time since July 3.

"Lopez was awfully good. He threw a lot of strikes. He pitched
very, very well," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "It was a
good pitching performance by both ball clubs. We just couldn't get
anything going offensively."

Moyer (6-10) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings,
walking three and striking out three. The 43-year-old left-hander
came in 18-3 lifetime against Baltimore, including 2-0 this season.

"Vintage Jamie. He didn't give in, he makes you fish," Orioles
manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Fortunately, we were able to scratch
out a few runs, and it was enough."

As has often happened this season, Moyer didn't get enough
support from his teammates. The Mariners have been blanked 12 times
this season, six times with him as their starter.

"I felt pretty good today. I kept the ball down, made some good
pitches," Moyer said.

Baltimore had surrendered at least 10 hits in each of its seven
previous games, but Lopez emphatically ended the streak.

"That was an outing we sorely needed," Perlozzo said. "It
couldn't have come at a better time."

The Orioles needed only two batters to take a 1-0 lead in the
first. Brian Roberts singled and took second when right fielder
Ichiro Suzuki misplayed the ball. Roberts then stole third and
scored on a single by Mora.

Seattle didn't get a man on until the fourth, when Adrian Beltre
got a two-out infield single and took second on an errant throw by
second baseman Roberts. Raul Ibanez then grounded out.

Baltimore went up 2-0 and chased Moyer in the seventh. Corey
Patterson singled with one out and stole second before Fernando
Tatis was walked intentionally so Moyer could face the left-handed
hitting Markakis, who foiled the strategy with a ground-rule
double.

Game notes
The Orioles recalled RHP Winston Abreu from Triple-A Ottawa
to fortify a tired bullpen and optioned RHP Eddy Rodriguez to the
same club. Abreu was in his 11th season in the minors without ever
playing in the majors. ... Seattle needs a victory Wednesday to win
the season series. The Mariners, who hold a 5-4 edge, were seeking
to win a fourth straight in Camden Yards for the first time. ...
Suzuki went 0-for-4 with his second error of the season, and is
0-for-8 in the series.