BALTIMORE (AP) -- Even though he is struggling at the plate, Carl
Everett is managing to come through with some clutch hits.
A career .274 hitter heading into this season, Everett is
batting .220 after going 1-for-4 in the series finale.
"This is a game of patience and you've got to be patient with
people that have track records if they're healthy," Mariners
manager Mike Hargrove said. "The hits he's been getting have been
big hits for us."
Everett has 18 hits but 13 RBI and is fourth on the Mariners
with 36 total bases. His double off Rodrigo Lopez (1-3) capped a
three-run fifth inning that erased a 3-1 deficit
"A lot of times you need a tough pitcher to get you going,"
Everett said. "A lot of times (you're) seeing a guy do it, and
you're not getting any hits. This whole team can hit."
And Moyer (1-2) still can pitch. He improved to 17-3 against his
The 43-year old left-hander allowed three runs and six hits in 6
2-3 innings. He struggled early, giving up three runs and four hits
in the first three innings, but gave up just two hits after that.
"I finally got into a groove about the sixth inning," Moyer
said. "I don't think I threw the ball well the first five innings.
Missed a bunch of locations, made some bad pitches. That happens
and you still have to pitch. You still have to compete."
Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six
Lopez, winless in five starts since beating Tampa Bay on opening
day, gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Before the game, the Orioles placed second baseman and leadoff
hitter Brian Roberts on the disabled list because of a groin strain
and purchased the contract of shortstop Brandon Fahey.
Tejada went 0-for-3 with a walk, ending his 14-game hitting
streak. Fahey was 2-for-4 and had an unassisted double play at
"I'm just happy to be here," Fahey said after flying all night
from Ottawa. "I did OK for the first game."
Solo homers by Melvin Mora in the first and Jeff Conine in the
second built a 2-1 Baltimore lead. Fahey singled to left in the
fourth in his first major league at-bat and scored on Jay Gibbons'
sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
But the Orioles let Seattle stay in the game because of their
lack of clutch hits. The Orioles went 0-for-9 with runners in
scoring position. They were 4-for-27 with runners in scoring
position in the last two games of this series.
Manager Sam Perlozzo couldn't do much with pinch-hitters,
however, because the injury problems left him with a short-handed
bench. He wound up having to leave the left-handed hitting Fahey in
against Guardado, a left-hander, with one out in the bottom of the
The rookie struck out.
"I knew we couldn't make a move," Perlozzo said. "Maybe if
you're trying to win the game, and you're out of pitching late,
then you might try to do something, but I didn't think we had a
shot at making a move today."
Seattle went ahead in the fifth when Raul Ibanez hit an RBI
single and scored on Everett's two-run double to left-center for a
Rene Rivera hit a solo homer in the second for Seattle's first
Moyer is 42-29 after the age of 40. ... Seattle had lost
nine straight games in Baltimore dating to 2004 before winning the