BALTIMORE (AP) — Jimmy Paredes homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a home run by former teammate Nelson Cruz in a 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Paredes singled in two runs in the fourth inning and added a two-run drive off Danny Farquhar (0-2) in the sixth. Starting on a regular basis for the first time in his career, Paredes has reached base in 20 straight games and ranks second on the team with 22 RBIs.READ MORE: Teen, 14, Shot In Northeast Baltimore
Returning to Camden Yards for the first time since signing as a free agent with Seattle in December, Cruz hit his major-league leading 16th homer with two on in the third to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead.
Cruz led the majors with 40 home runs in 2014, his only season with the Orioles. He received a warm reception and chants of “Cruuuze!” from the crowd of 19,494 before his first at-bat.
But Cruz also made an error in right field that provided Baltimore an unearned run and an 8-4 lead in the seventh.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-2) allowed four runs and struck out eight over seven innings. He retired 13 of 15 batters after yielding Cruz’s home run.
After Seth Smith opened the game with a home run, the Orioles got an RBI single from Steve Pearce in the bottom half after Smith robbed Adam Jones of a home run with a leaping catch at the left-field wall.
In the third, Gonzalez walked .129-hitting Chris Taylor, Robinson Cano singled and Cruz hit a hanging curve over the center-field wall.
Baltimore tied it at 4 in the fourth when Caleb Joseph hit an RBI single and Paredes delivered a two-out, two-run single.READ MORE: June Deadliest Month In Baltimore In 7 Years; Federal-Local Partnership Aims To Solve More Homicides
The Orioles went ahead for the first time in the sixth. After successive doubles by Alejandro De Aza and Joseph produced a run, Paredes drove a 3-1 pitch into the left-field seats.
Mariners: OF Austin Jackson (right ankle sprain) went 1 for 4 and played center field Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma after playing seven innings on Monday. “We would like to see him swing the bat a little better than he has been,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder tendinitis) will pitch batting practice for Baltimore before its game at Miami on Saturday. He’s been on the DL since May 8.
Mariners: Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.24 ERA) will start Wednesday night. Seattle is 0-4 in his four starts even though the left-hander has not allowed more than three runs in a game.
Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 2.53) has one win in seven starts despite limiting the opposition to a .211 batting average.MORE NEWS: Baltimore Police Stepping Up Deployment On Fourth Of July Weekend, Commissioner Says
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