The Baltimore Orioles are streaking in the right decision while the visiting Seattle Mariners are fading as they enter Tuesday’s middle contest of a three-game set at Camden Yards. The host Orioles posted a 7-6 victory on Monday for their fifth consecutive victory while the setback was the third in a row for the Mariners.
The victory allowed Baltimore to move ahead of Seattle in the battle for the American League’s second wild-card berth as the Orioles trail Minnesota by 1 1/2 games and the Mariners sit two games behind. Center fielder Adam Jones reached 25 homers for the seventh consecutive season, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. for the club record. Red-hot right-hander Dylan Bundy will be looking to keep Baltimore’s streak going, while Seattle attempts to halt the slide in which it has been outscored 23-10. Seattle left fielder Ben Gamel went 2-for-4 with a homer and a career-best five RBIs in the opener after being 2-for-22 over the previous seven games.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), MASN2 (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Erasmo Ramirez (5-4, 4.52 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (12-8, 4.18)
Ramirez is making his sixth start for Seattle since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays. The 27-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.76 ERA since the deal and has pitched six innings in each of his past three turns. Ramirez is 2-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) against the Orioles, including seven scoreless innings in two relief outings for Tampa Bay this season.
Bundy is back after a stint on the bereavement list and is 4-0 over his last six turns. The 24-year-old has struck out 28 batters in 19 innings over his last three starts and has compiled a 2.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in four August outings. Bundy is making his first career start against the Mariners and has a 3.18 ERA in two relief appearances versus Seattle.
1. Orioles LF Trey Mancini has recorded three three-hit outings in the past four games and is 14-for-27 during a seven-game hitting streak.
2. Seattle CF Jarrod Dyson (groin) ran the bases prior to Monday’s game and could be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday.
3. Baltimore RF Mark Trumbo, who hasn’t had a multiple-RBI game since July 14, is just 1-for-20 versus Ramirez.
PREDICTION: Orioles 5, Mariners 2