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Orioles bats go silent against Elias in 4-2 loss to Mariners, who rough up Chen

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BALTIMORE — A late offensive surge by the Baltimore Orioles wasn't enough to make up for seven lackluster innings.

Roenis Elias took a four-hitter into the eighth, Justin Ruggiano homered and the Seattle Mariners beat Wei-Yin Chen and the Orioles 4-2 Wednesday night.

Baltimore trailed 4-0 in the eighth before things got interesting. After Elias got two quick outs, Rey Navarro and Manny Machado both singled.

Jimmy Paredes greeted reliever Carson Smith with an RBI single. Paredes, however, was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double after former Oriole Nelson Cruz fumbled the ball in right field.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter asked for a replay, and the call was confirmed.

In the ninth, Baltimore got runners on the corners against closer Fernando Rodney before Chris Davis looked a third strike on a 3-2 pitch. Steve Pearce was also called out on strikes and J.J. Hardy hit an RBI single before Rodney retired Travis Snider to end it.

"We put ourselves in a hole early, but we gave ourselves a chance at the end," Pearce said. "That's all you can ask for. Unfortunate that we didn't get a job done, but we still had a chance."

The comeback might have been completed if two close decisions didn't go against the Orioles — the out call on Paredes and the third strike to Davis on the outside corner.

"It's one of those 50-50 calls," Showalter said. "That one went against Chris and it went against us at second base."

Chen (1-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. It was the first time in eight starts that the left-hander yielded more than three earned runs.

"He was good," Showalter said. "Left a couple breaking balls up that he paid for, but other than that he was crisp. Deep into the game and wasn't much margin for error for him the way their guy was pitching."

Adam Jones had three hits for the Orioles to raise his batting average to .343. But Baltimore did little else offensively until the late innings.

Elias (1-1) allowed one run, six hits and no walks in 7 2-3 innings. He did not permit a runner past first base until the seventh and at one point retired 10 in a row.

PHOTO: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, of Taiwan, throws to the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, of Taiwan, throws to the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

"Everything went well. I felt real good," Elias said through an interpreter. "I could tell from the bullpen that it was going to be a good outing because I felt real good."

Rodney got three outs for his 10th save.

Seattle used doubles by Ruggiano and Mike Zunino to go up 1-0 in the second inning.

Cruz led off the fourth with a double and Ruggiano hit a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a 3-0 lead.

After Chris Taylor tripled in a run in the seventh for Seattle, Jones led off the bottom half with a single and was promptly erased in a double play. Davis followed with a double but was stranded.

NEWCOMERS

Mariners: Seattle welcomed C Welington Castillo and optioned C Jesus Sucre to Triple-A Tacoma. Obtained in a trade Tuesday with the Cubs, Castillo will start Thursday. He said, "I've got to get my mind clear and start over. This is like spring training. Hopefully, I can get into a rhythm."

Orioles: Mike Wright will make his second major league start Saturday in Miami. The right-hander blanked the Angels over 7 1-3 innings Sunday, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win his debut as a starter without allowing any runs or walks (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

TRAINERS ROOM

Mariners: OF Austin Jackson (sprained right ankle) "was a little sore" after playing nine innings for Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. "We're not going to rush this," McClendon said.

Orioles: RHP Bud Norris (bronchitis) will start Friday for Triple-A Norfolk. He is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, but more likely will be activated for a May 28 doubleheader.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 2.98 ERA) brings a three-game winning streak into Thursday afternoon's series finale.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (2-5, 6.34) makes his first start since May 12 after being sidelined with back spasms.

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