SEATTLE (AP) -If the
are serious about giving
a chance to prove himself as a starter, then Sunday afternoon could be the key to Morrow's future development.
And all he did was face three batters. It was 1 1-3 scoreless innings from J.J. Putz in the Mariners' 8-4 win over the
that was the important element.
Seattle manager Jim Riggleman said the team would like to give Morrow a chance to prove himself a starter by the end of the
season. For that to happen, Putz must regain his form as Seattle's lockdown closer after missing more than a month with a
hyperextended right elbow and blowing two saves in seven appearances since coming off the disabled list.
Sunday was a good start for the Mariners' plans.
''I understand where all those guys are at in terms of what this team is looking for the last two months. You hear talks that
they want Brandon to start,'' Putz said. ''Today was big in getting back to making that decision easier.''
Putz picked up the win by allowing just one hit, getting the final out of the seventh and working the eighth as Seattle snapped
a seven-game home losing streak. Morrow then pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.
''J.J.'s looking better and better every outing. It takes a few to get back into the swing of things,'' Morrow said.
The Mariners offense scored three times in the bottom of the seventh, capped by
's two-run single off reliever
. Ibanez finished with three RBIs as the Mariners avoided being swept at home by the Orioles for the first time since 1997.
Seattle's big inning began when Baltimore starter
couldn't find the strike zone. He sandwiched walks to Brian LaHair and
's infield single. That was the end of the day for Cabrera, who walked Betancourt on four pitches - just the seventh walk
this season for the Mariners' impatient shortstop.
Walker didn't fare much better.
With the bases loaded,
chopped a grounder over the mound that
fielded well behind the bag. He threw to
at second, but Cintron never got a glove on the throw and it hit him in the stomach. Pinch-runner
scored to break the 4-all tie. Ibanez then dribbled a grounder past Roberts' diving attempt and into right field, scoring
Clement and Betancourt.
The big seventh inning was set up by
's solo homer with two outs in the sixth that caromed off the left-field foul pole thanks to a slight breeze that kept the
ball from hooking too much.
''The wind helped us. It had all the distance, but that's sometimes one that goes foul. The wind kind of kept it fair,'' Riggleman
said. ''That was huge and got us in a tie ball game where we could go right with J.J. and Morrow. It allowed us to set it
also drove in a pair of runs and Clement had an RBI single in the eighth for Seattle, which had not won at home since July
18 against Cleveland, the Mariners' first game after the All-Star break.
pitched well for Seattle, rebounding from a pair of bad performances in his previous two starts.
Silva pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and nine hits but avoiding a big inning early in the game. He gave up two
runs in the second and had runners at second and third, but Cintron's liner to third was caught by
, who beat
to the bag for the double play to end the threat.
Cabrera, who could hear Monday on his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing at the Yankees'
, twice failed to finish off an inning after his offense had given him the lead.
The first came in the third when Roberts homered to give Baltimore a 3-2 lead, only to see Cabrera (7-7) allow a lead off
double to Betancourt. He scored two batters later on Reed's sacrifice fly.
Again in the sixth, the Orioles went ahead on
's two-out single to score
. But Cabrera lost the lead minutes later on Lopez's homer. Cabrera allowed six earned runs and struck out six.
''Cabrera got us deep in the game but the turning point was walking guys in the bottom of the lineup,'' Orioles manager Dave
Trembley said. ''That came back to be the difference.''
Notes: Silva has just one win since April. ... The Navy's Blue Angels buzzed around downtown Seattle during the early innings
on Sunday. They were in town performing as part of the annual Seafair celebration and hydroplane races on Lake Washington.
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bloop single in the second. ... Seattle lost eight straight at home earlier
this season. The longest home losing streak in franchise history was 11 games during the 1989 season.