They might need another scoring surge with the way Scott Feldman has pitched at his new home.
After totaling 19 runs and batting .213 while losing six of eight, Baltimore (61-49) has piled up 17 runs and 22 hits in its last two following an 11-8 victory in Friday's series opener.
Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run and Nate McLouth broke open a close game with a sixth-inning grand slam. With his third homer in four games, Davis became the fifth Oriole to hit 40 homers in a season, joining Brady Anderson (50), Frank Robinson (49), Jim Gentile (46) and Rafael Palmeiro (43)."It's pretty good company to be in," Davis said. "I'm proud of the way things are going this year. Still got a lot more work to do, but it's nice to be a big part of a winning team."
Morales is 13 for 17 over his last four games following consecutive four-hit performances. He's the first Seattle player to record back-to-back four-hit games since Ichiro Suzuki on June 6-7, 2006.
Morales will attempt to continue his tear against Feldman (2-2, 5.12 ERA), but he's 2 for 13 lifetime in this matchup.
Feldman has allowed two runs over 14 innings in two road starts - both Baltimore victories - but he's 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in three outings at home since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 2. He gave up four runs and six hits over five innings there in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Boston.
The right-hander may have a difficult time settling in versus the Mariners (50-59). He's 0-4 with a 7.89 ERA while allowing five home runs and 14 walks in 21 2-3 innings in his last five starts against them. He was tagged for six runs and seven hits over 2 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in an 8-6 loss on Sept. 15 while with Texas.
Kyle Seager has gone 4 for 8 lifetime against Feldman and looks to improve his major league-best .398 batting average since July 1.
Nick Franklin , however, went 0 for 5 Friday and is hitless in 17 at-bats.
The Mariners hope to avoid their eighth loss in 10 games as they give the ball to Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 7.71), who seeks his third straight win.
Although the right-hander has allowed eight walks and 21 hits - including a home run in each of his three starts - the Mariners have aided him with 16 runs of support.
Ramirez, who has missed most of the season with right triceps tendinitis, yielded four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 6-4 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
He pitched well in his only start against the Orioles, allowing two runs and four hits over eight-plus innings in a 4-2, 18-inning loss at Safeco Field on Sept. 18.
Baltimore's Matt Wieters went 0 for 7 in that contest and hopes to end a career-worst 0-for-25 drought in this meeting.
The Orioles will be without second baseman Brian Roberts , who was put on the paternity leave list Friday awaiting the birth of his family's first son.
|July 26, 2013||Mike Zunino||15-Day DL||Fractured left hamate bone|
|July 11, 2013||Nick Franklin||Day-to-Day||Left game - knee soreness|
|July 11, 2013||Endy Chavez||Day-to-Day||Left game - groin tightness|
|June 29, 2013||Dustin Ackley||Day-to-Day||Left game - thumb|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
|July 29, 2013||Jason Hammel||15-Day DL||Right forearm tenderness|
|July 14, 2013||Nolan Reimold||60-Day DL||Nerve inflammation in cervical spine|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 17, 2013||Jason Hammel||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners finally got some pitching to back up a strong showing by their potent offense, and the result was a long overdue victory.
Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five runs, Erasmo Ramirez retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced and the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.
Saunders hit a three-run drive in the fifth and added a clinching two-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth career two-homer game, the second this season.
Justin Smoak homered and went 3 for 3 with two walks for the Mariners, who had lost 10 of their previous 12 games against Baltimore. Brad Miller had three hits and Kendrys Morales singled twice in his fifth straight multihit game.
Seattle scored 24 runs in its previous four games - all of them defeats, including 11-8 to Baltimore on Friday night.
"We've been swinging the bat really well lately," Saunders said. "We lost a couple heartbreakers, played well in Boston although we got swept. We were able to put up some runs tonight, Erasmo did a great job on the mound and went deep in the ballgame, which is huge for us because we've been using our bullpen quite a bit the last handful of games."
Ramirez (3-0) gave up four runs and four hits in six-plus innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.
"Everybody (contributed) something in the game and maybe that was the reason we won today," Ramirez said.
Solo home runs by Matt Wieters and Manny Machado were the only flaws in his performance through the sixth. He was lifted after giving up two hits to open the seventh. Both runners ultimately scored to cut the Mariners' lead to 6-4.
Danny Farquhar got four outs for his first major league save.
Seattle got 15 hits and drew seven walks. If not for a 5-for-18 performance with runners in scoring position, the Mariners would have easily scored in double digits and wouldn't have needed Saunders' second homer to breath easily.
"We're always looking to extend the lead, obviously," Saunders said. "To get a couple more cushion runs in the ninth there I'm sure took some pressure off Farquhar."
Making his sixth start with Baltimore since being traded from the Cubs, Scott Feldman (2-3) allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.
That was the beginning of a horrid night for Baltimore pitching.
"We were fortunate, they could have scored a lot more runs," manager Buck Showalter said.
Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy missed his first game of the year after Showalter opted to give him a day off. Hardy and Machado had started 150 consecutive games together on the left side of the infield, the fourth-longest streak since 1946, according to STATS.
Seattle took control with a four-run fifth that made it 6-2. With two outs and a runner on second, Michael Morse hit a broken-bat RBI single. Smoak followed with a single to chase Feldman, and Saunders greeted T.J. McFarland with his ninth home run, the second in two nights.
Showalter was ejected by home plate umpire Larry Vanover in the seventh for arguing a called strike on Nick Markakis . After the ejection, Markakis singled and went to third on a double by Adam Jones before Charlie Furbush gave up a sacrifice fly to Chris Davis and an RBI single to Wieters.
Saunders' second homer of the game short-circuited the comeback bid.
Feldman got off a shaky start, allowing a leadoff single and a walk before striking out Raul Ibanez with two outs and runners at second and third.
In the second, Smoak drove a hanging curveball over the right-field wall. Wieters answered in the bottom half, ending an 0-for-25 drought with his 15th home run.
Ibanez stranded two more runners in the third, but Seattle went up 2-1 in the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Miller hit an opposite-field bloop to left that dropped in front of Nate McLouth . All three runners went halfway down the basepaths, uncertain if the ball would be caught, and Smoak was thrown out on a rare 7-5 force that produced a run.
Machado tied it in the Orioles half with his 10th home run.
NOTES: Machado hit his major league-leading 40th double, his first in 23 games since July 6, in the eighth. ... Orioles RHP Jason Hammel , who's on the DL with a right flexor mass strain, had an MRI that revealed inflammation of the ulnar nerve. "It came back as about as good as it could have been," he said. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts became a father Saturday. The couple named the boy Jax, and Showalter says Roberts could return from paternity leave on Sunday. ... Former Orioles pitcher Joe Saunders will start the series finale Sunday for the Mariners. Baltimore will counter with LHP Wei-Yin Chen. ... Seattle's Nick Franklin went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 21 at-bats. ... Kyle Seager walked twice, but his 10-game hitting streak against the Orioles ended. ... After the game, the Orioles optioned RHP Steve Johnson to Triple-A.