BALTIMORE (AP) — A modest crowd that braved a rain delay rose to its feet as Dylan Bundy walked to the mound for the ninth inning.
The Orioles right-hander rewarded the Camden Yards faithful with a dazzling performance.
Bundy threw a one-hitter for his first career shutout , Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s four solo homers, and the Orioles extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-0 victory over Seattle on Tuesday night.
“Grateful, humbled, to get a chance to go out there in the ninth and then also get a chance to complete it,” Bundy said. “You’ve got to win games, so we’ve just got to win as many games as we can.”
Bundy (13-8) allowed just a bunt single to Kyle Seager in the fourth inning and set a career high with 12 strikeouts. The right-hander, who is pitching his first full season as a starter, has a 2.00 ERA in August and has struck out 10 or more in three of his last four outings.
Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo also went deep for the Orioles, who moved two games over .500 for the first time since June 10. It was more support than Bundy needed.
“He doesn’t have the time in the big leagues, but he has a great idea of what he needs to do to the hitters out there,” Castillo said. “He’s really smart and has an idea about how to get a hitter out.”
Baltimore has outscored its opponents 44-17 during the winning streak. The Orioles also moved 1 ½ games ahead of the Mariners in the AL wild-card race. Minnesota currently holds the second wild-card slot.
Schoop collected his 29th homer of the season and 500th career hit with a solo shot in the first off Erasmo Ramirez (5-5).
Schoop’s blast moved him ahead of Machado for the team lead, but not for long. Machado hit his 29th homer in the sixth and reached 30 homers for the third consecutive season with his drive in the eighth off Casey Lawrence.
Bundy, who threw 116 pitches, struck out Danny Valencia for the fourth time to finish off his first career complete game.
“He was outstanding, obviously,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was fun to watch. Especially when you think about everything that was at stake for both clubs.”
In his fifth start since being acquired from Tampa Bay on July 28, Ramirez allowed two runs and five hits over six innings.
Castillo led off the seventh with a homer off James Pazos.
“Bundy was outstanding,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais, whose team has lost four straight. “He had good stuff and executed his game plan against us. He was all over different quadrants with the strike zone and we had nothing going offensively. We have talked often on this road trip that we have to hit and score runs and we haven’t done that the last three or four days, for the most part.”
The start of the game was delayed 32 minutes because of rain.
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Machado’s homer to left-center in the sixth was corralled by a fan with a smiling baby strapped to his chest. The man danced, raised the ball above his head and was greeted with high-fives.
Bundy was reinstated from the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother and LHP Donnie Hart was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Mariners: OF Jarrod Dyson (groin) could not do any pregame work because of rain. He still could come off the DL over the next few days.
Orioles: J.J. Hardy (wrist) homered Monday in his seventh rehab appearance for Triple-A Norfolk. He is batting .263 with three RBIs. The Tides were rained out Tuesday.
Mariners: Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.62 ERA) will make his team-leading 27th start. The left-handed Cuban pitched one game out of the bullpen for Baltimore last season before being traded for Wade Miley.
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 6.57 ERA) has lost his past two starts, allowing 11 runs and 17 hits. Jimenez is 2-4 with a 6.50 ERA in eight career starts against Seattle.
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