Starting pitcher Brandon Maurer was hammered early and often by the Orioles' lineup as they hit their way to a four-run first inning. Nate McLouth led off with a solo home run to right field and Manny Machado followed with a double down the left field line. A pair of wild pitches scored Machado from second and Matt Wieters picked up a pair of RBI on a double to give Baltimore a commanding lead.
Maurer actually settled in and limited the damage to just the first inning. He was able to keep Baltimore off the board for the next three innings before being replaced by Blake Beavan to start the fifth inning.
Despite 10 hits, the Mariners were unable to generate enough offense to keep up. Michael Morse homered to lead off the sixth inning and Kelly Shoppach drove in a run on a fielder's choice for Seattle's only offense of the game.
Turning Point: The double allowed to Wieters with one out in the first inning felt like a back-breaker for Seattle. Not only did it give the Orioles an early four-run cushion, but it signaled it would be a short outing for Maurer.
Player Of The Game: Matt Wieters. The Orioles catcher went 2 for 4 with a walk and the pair of RBI on the double in the first inning. He gets the nod over Chris Dickerson, who was 3 for 5 with two RBI as well but struck out twice and the runs driven in weren't as critical.
Next Up: The series finale with the Orioles is tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. The Mariners hope Aaron Harang can figure things out as he takes an 0-3 record with an 11.37 ERA into the game. He'll face left-hander Wei-Yin Chan (2-2, 2.53 ERA).