Friday was a historic day for the Orioles, who watched as teammate Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th player in Major League history to reach the 3,000-hit milestone and the fourth player to amass 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. More importantly for the season, the Orioles managed a 6-3 win as Palmeiro drove in a run and Sammy Sosa collected three hits.
Now the Orioles will try to win the series behind left-hander Bruce Chen, who tossed seven one-run innings on July 9 against the Boston Red Sox. Chen had been nursing a sprained left toe and was touched for six runs in 1 1/3 innings the previous start against the Yankees. Chen faced the Mariners on May 24 at Camden Yards and allowed two runs in seven innings but received a no-decision in a 3-2 Orioles' win.
The Mariners will counter with left-hander Jamie Moyer, who won 14 straight decisions over the Orioles before losing in August 2003. Moyer is still 15-3 lifetime against his former club. Lefties are especially hitting Moyer this season, compiling a .345 average. He is 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA at Safeco Field compared to 3-3 with a 7.09 ERA on the road.
The Orioles offense was overshadowed by Palmeiro's feat. They banged out 13 hits and they remain second in the American League with a .278 average. Brian Roberts went 1-for-5 and is batting .342, slipping to second in the American League in average behind Boston's Johnny Damon.
LHP Bruce Chen
7-5, 3.87 ERA in 2005
0-0, 2.57 ERA vs. SEA in 2005
LHP Jamie Moyer
8-3, 4.64 ERA in 2005
0-0, 3.38 ERA vs. BAL in 2005
Player to watch
This might be a good time to start outfielder B.J. Surhoff, who is 22-for-63 (.349) against Moyer with three home runs. Surhoff has not played much since being activated from the disabled list, but he can contribute with an occasional start.
"He handled it great, like a Hall of Famer would,"
-- Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli on Palmeiro's quest for 3,000 hits
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Official game notes
BAL: WB 54
SEA: Fox Sports Net
BAL: WBAL 1090
SEA: KOMO 1000
The Orioles are 11-3 this season when Melvin Mora hits a home run. ... Jason Grimsley made his first appearance since Oct. 2, 2004, tossing one-third of an inning. ... Sal Fasano eight home runs ties a career high set in 1998 with the Kansas City Royals. ... Sosa collected his third three-hit game of the season and first since June 12. ... The Orioles were just 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.
Sunday: at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. ET
Monday: at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET
Tuesday: at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.