Maybe the Mariners should’ve turned back the clock to 2001, the year they won a record-tying 116 games.
Instead, they wore the uniforms of the one-and-done 1969 Seattle Pilots. The result was an 8-4 loss to Baltimore that snapped Seattle’s three-game winning streak.
Jonathan Villar and Anthony Santander hit home runs and Andrew Cashner pitched six solid innings as the Orioles snapped a 10-game skid.
Domingo Santana provided nearly the entire offense for the Mariners, including a home run in the eighth inning.
Cashner (7-3), a right-hander, allowed two runs on five hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the first as Santana walked with two outs and scored on a double by Daniel Vogelbach. They scored in the sixth as Santana led off with a ground-rule double to left-center field and, an out later, scored on a throwing error by third baseman Hanser Alberto.
Villar’s three-run homer in the fourth gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead and Santander’s two-run shot in the sixth made it 5-1.
Santana hit a solo shot to left-center field off Orioles left-hander Josh Rogers in the eighth, pulling the M’s within 8-3. Seattle scored its final run in the ninth on an RBI double by Mallex Smith.
Milone, a left-hander who was starting without an opener for the first time in his past four appearances, allowed three runs on four hits in five innings, with three walks and six strikeouts.
Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, who is part of the Orioles’ broadcast crew, made three starts against the Pilots in 1969, going 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He also batted 5 for 12 with a double and two RBIs as the designated hitter wasn’t employed until 1973 in the American League.
By the numbers
3-3: The M’s record so far on their seven-game homestand against the other two cellar dwellers in the American League. They went 1-2 against the AL Central-worst Kansas City Royals and are 2-1 against AL East-trailing Orioles with one game left.
Our take from Right Field
At least the M’s looked sharp in those ’69 Pilots unis.
The M’s continue a four-game series against Baltimore at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-5, 5.15 ERA) is scheduled to start against Orioles RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-4, 5.65).
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