Orioles Win Marathon In 18th Over Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 18: Taylor Teagarden #31 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI single in the eighteenth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Orioles won their 14th consecutive extra inning game, 4-2 over the Mariners in 18 innings.

Taylor Teagarden came through with a pinch hit single to score Nate McLouth in the 18th inning and Jim Johnson closed it out to give the Baltimore Orioles the win over the Seattle Mariners.

McLouth began the inning with a walk and moved to third on J.J. Hardy's single before Teagarden plated the go-ahead run. Another run would score on a fielder's choice to give the Orioles the 4-2 lead. It is the Orioles 14th straight extra inning win.

Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez held the Orioles to just two hits over eight innings. In the ninth, he gave up hits to pinch hitter Ryan Flaherty and McLouth before being replaced by closer Tom Wilhelmsen. Hardy bunted the runners into scoring position and Chris Davis followed with a single to tie the game at two, handing Ramirez a no decision.

Wei-Yin Chen started for the Orioles and only gave up a two-run home run to Miguel Olivo in the fourth inning to give the Mariners the 2-0 lead.

Jake Arrieta was called on with one out in the 6th, and the Orioles bullpen didn't allow a run over the final 12 2/3 innings. Steve Johnson threw three innings and Tommy Hunter threw two innings before they could finally get the ball to Johnson with the lead.

There were plenty of times for both teams to end the game in extra innings.

The Mariners had a chance to end the game in the 10th, but Darren O'Day struck out Jesus Montero and Michael Saunders with two men on.

The Orioles had a chance to go ahead in the 11th when Steve Tolleson hit a pinch-hit single to lead off the frame. After a sac bunt, Hardy drew a walk. After Josh Kinney struck out Xavier Avery, he hit Adam Jones with a pitch to load the bases, but Matt Wieters struck out to end the threat.

Dustin Ackley doubled to lead off the bottom of the 12th, but didn't move any farther as Pedro Stropp retired the next three hitters.

In the bottom of the 15th, Trayvon Robinson hit a two-out single. After a Chone Figgins walk, Casper Wells grounded out to second to end the inning.

J.J. Hardy hit a one-out single in the 16th, moved to second on a balk and third on a groundout, but Adam Jones grounded out to short and the score remained tied.

In the bottom of the 16th, Miguel Olivo led off with his third walk of the game (and seventh of the season). Carlos Triunfil bunted him to second, but Ackley grounded to short and Franklin Gutierrez fouled out to right.

In the 17th, Mark Reynolds was hit by a pitch with one out. Manny Machado's single put runners on first and third. Pinch hitter Lew Ford hit a smash, but Triunfil gloved it for the second out and Omar Quintanilla lined out to second to end the threat.

In the bottom of the inning, Kyle Seager doubled to deep right, but wouldn't get any farther.

The Orioles are now in a virtual tie with the Yankees for first in the A.L. East and maintain their three-game lead over the Angels in the wildcard.

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