SEATTLE (AP) – Bruce Chen overcame a shaky start to pitch six solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles roughed up rookie phenom Felix Hernandez in a 6-3 victory Sunday over the Seattle Mariners.

The 19-year-old Hernandez, who had a 1.59 ERA through his first seven starts, gave up five runs in the second inning. Bernie Castro and Melvin Mora each drove in two.

Hernandez (3-3) lasted seven innings, allowing six runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

The Mariners scored three first-inning runs off Chen (12-9), but all three were unearned. Ichiro Suzuki, who had seven hits in 13 at-bats during the series, opened with a soft single. Chen then hit Jamal Strong on the left hand with a pitch. Strong stayed in the game, but came out in the second inning with a broken hand.

Richie Sexson walked to load the bases with one out. Adrian Beltre then chopped a ball to the left of the mound, and Chen bounced a hurried throw to catcher Sal Fasano for an error as Suzuki scored.

With two outs, Chen walked Jeremy Reed to force in Strong. A wild pitch made it 3-0, but Hernandez couldn’t hold the lead.

The first three Baltimore batters in the second reached on a single by Jay Gibbons and walks to B.J. Surhoff and Alejandro Freire.

David Newhan hit a sacrifice fly. After Fasano struck out, Brian Roberts walked to load the bases again and Castro sliced a two-run double to left. Mora followed with a two-run single – he was thrown out in a rundown between first and second, but the Orioles had a 5-3 lead.

The Mariners nearly tied it in the second. Suzuki reached on a two-out single and Raul Ibanez lofted a high fly to right. Gibbons tracked it into the corner and caught it at the wall.

Both starters settled down from there. Chen allowed four more hits, but no runner advanced past second. Todd Williams worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings before B.J. Ryan got three outs for his 31st save in 36 chances, striking out Beltre with two on to end it.

Hernandez retired 11 straight until Newhan’s seventh-inning double. Fasano made it 6-3 with an RBI single just under Beltre’s glove at third base, scoring Newhan.

Notes: Greg Dobbs replaced Strong in left field. It was only the second time Dobbs played left in his brief career. The other was Sept. 3 against the Angels. … Strong’s injury will take four to six weeks to heal, ending his season. … Seattle’s Yorvit Torrealba hit a fourth-inning single, ending an 0-for-24 skid. He followed that with a sixth-inning double. … The Orioles took two of three in Seattle and won the season series 7-3. … The Mariners stranded 11 runners. … Hernandez had not allowed more than three runs in a game. He gave up three in a seven-inning outing Aug. 26 against the White Sox.

AP-ES-09-11-05 1916EDT


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.