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Orioles Review and Preview: Mariners, Blue Jays

Thanks to two unlikely comeback victories, the Orioles were able to end their final West Coast road trip of the season on a high note.

Baltimore ran into a buzz saw in the first game as Seattle pitcher Jarrod Washburn was one Nick Markakis hit away from a perfect game as the Orioles fell 5-0. Markakis singled to left in the fourth inning but all it served to do was delay the inevitable as Washburn needed just 110 pitches to take care of business for the Mariners on Monday night.

In Game 2, the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against former team ace Erik Bedard. Unfortunately for Baltimore, starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed three runs in the bottom half of the inning as he battled dizziness. After giving up the two early runs, Bedard took control, striking out eight over four innings of work. Bedard was kept on a 75-pitch limit since it was his first start since coming off the disabled list. The O's teed off of the Mariners bullpen, scoring four runs in the sixth and six runs in the seventh. Luke Scott drove in a career-high seven runs and finished a double shy of the cycle as the Orioles rallied for a 12-4 victory.

The talk after Tuesday's game however, was centered around Manager Dave Trembley. Trembley got tossed from the game in the middle of the first inning as he argued where Nolan Reimold was placed on the bases after an errant Seattle throw bounced off the pitcher's mound and into the stands. Trembley late admitted that several things had led to his outburst including questions about his managerial style, the team's effort and previous calls that went against the Orioles.

"People have no idea what I do when the doors are closed here. I don't call anybody out in front of the public. But one thing I will not tolerate is somebody telling me my team doesn't play hard," a red-faced Trembley later told reporters. "Oh, I'm sure I will [get disciplined] because I threw my hat and I got it dirty. "So what, you know? They made a mistake. People need to be accountable when they make a mistake. All I want is for somebody to say, 'I made a mistake. I didn't get it right.' Don't cover for one another. We're big boys here, you know?"

Trembley was able to stick around for all of Game 3, though the Orioles bats didn't show up until the final inning. Trailing 3-0 in the ninth inning, Baltimore took advantage of two errors by Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez to score five runs and George Sherrill worked a relatively painless bottom of the ninth to collect his 19th save. What made Wednesday's 5-3 win even more improbable was the fact that through the first eight innings the team had gone 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position. The win was just the Orioles' second victory in a road finale and sent the team back to Baltimore with two straight wins.

The Orioles will host the Toronto Blue Jays for a quick three-game set before hitting the road following the all-star break for a 10-day, nine-game road trip. The team will be without Trembley for the first two games, however, as he has been suspended by the league for "inappropriate actions leading up to and following his ejection" on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are licking their own wounds after being handed a three-game sweep by the Rays in Tampa Bay. Toronto has lost 10 of its last 12 games and is below .500 for the first time this season at 43-44. The Blue Jays will turn to a trio of rookie pitchers with hopes of stopping the bleeding.

Tonight it will be a matchup of scuffling rookies as Jason Berken (25 years old, 1-5, 6.25 ERA) will face Toronto's Brett Cecil (23, 2-1, 6.23) as both look for their first win since May.

Saturday will feature two rookies who are having more success in their first seasons as Brad Bergesen (23, 5-3, 3.59) squares off against Ricky Romero (24, 7-3, 2.96).

Jeremy Guthrie will be the only veteran to start a game in this series as he looks to put his touch of the dizzies behind him while pitching against Marc Rzepczynski. Rzepczynski (23, 0-0, 0.00) will be making his second career start after holding Tampa Bay scoreless over six innings earlier this week.

By CJ Holley  |  July 10, 2009; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Blue Jays , Mariners , Orioles  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Talking Behind Their Back, toronto blue jays  
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