BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a milestone home run, Welington Castillo had three hits and two RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Monday night for their fifth straight victory.
Chris Davis doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning for the resurgent Orioles, who climbed over .500 (66-65) for the first time since June 11. Baltimore jumped past Seattle (66-66) to within 1 ½ games of idle Minnesota for the final AL wild-card spot.
Jones’ solo home run in the fifth inning gave him 25 for an Orioles-record seventh consecutive season. He shared the mark of six with Cal Ripken Jr.
Ben Gamel homered and had a career-high five RBIs in Seattle’s third straight defeat.
With the score tied at 6, Trey Mancini led off the Baltimore seventh with a single off Emilio Pagan (1-3) and Davis followed with a liner into the right-field corner.
Donnie Hart (2-0) pitched the seventh, Darren O’Day worked out of a jam in the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 12th save — the first since his run of converting 60 in a row ended last week.
Seattle trailed 6-4 in the sixth before Chris Tillman issued successive one-out walks and Gamels smacked a two-run single off Mychal Givens.
Tillman gave up six runs, three hits and four walks — all of which turned into runs. A 16-game winner last year, Tillman is winless in 16 starts since May 7.
Mariners starter Marco Gonzales allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He left with the bases loaded in the fourth, but Christian Bergman kept Seattle within 5-4 by retiring Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop on popups.
Jones connected off Bergman in the fifth for a two-run cushion.
Orioles SS Tim Beckham is known more for his bat than his glove, but he made three exceptional plays in the field. He opened the game with a solid pickup, snagged a short-hop grounder in the third and hit the dirt to start a 6-4-3 double play in the seventh.
Mariners: Bergman had his contract selected from Triple-A Tacoma and RHP Dan Altavilla was optioned to the Rainiers. It’s Bergman’s third stint with Seattle this season.
Orioles: Hart was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and RHP Mike Wright was optioned to the Tides.
Mariners: OF Jarrod Dyson (groin) took some swings and ran the bases prior to the game. “He had to run a double and I said, ‘I’m taking off behind you,’ which I did,” manager Scott Servais said. “He got to first base and I wasn’t quite at the 45-foot mark.” Dyson could return in the next day or two. . RHP Felix Hernandez (right biceps tendinitis) and LHP James Paxton (strained pectoral muscle) played catch without any issues. Both hope to throw 20-25 pitches off the mound Friday or Saturday in Seattle.
Orioles: Before the game, Britton insisted his left knee was fine. Britton had an MRI on the knee last week and had not pitched since Wednesday.
Mariners: In the second game of the series Tuesday night, Erasmo Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) makes his fifth start with Seattle since being obtained from Tampa Bay on July 28.
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (12-8, 4.18 ERA) is 4-0 in six starts since July 6. The right-hander has a 2.66 ERA in August.
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