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Starting pitchers, Mitch Haniger lead Mariners to doubleheader sweep of O’s

Apr 15, 2021, 12:44 PM | Updated: 6:44 pm
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Justin Dunn #35 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the forth inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners hits a solo home run in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates a solo home run with third base coach Manny Acts #14 in the fifth inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Rio Ruiz #14 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts to striking out in the fourth inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners beats the tag by Freddy Galvis #2 of the Baltimore Orioles on a ground ball hit ball Kyle Seager #15 in the first inning during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Bruce Zimmermann #50 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Freddy Galvis #2 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Justin Dunn #35 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Justin Dunn #35 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the third inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  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(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates scoring on J.P. Crawford #3 (not pictured) double in the sixth during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Braden Bishop #5 of the Seattle Mariners runs home to score on a J.P. Crawford #3 (not pictured) double in the sixth during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a two run home run in the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates a two run home run in the first inning with Pedro Severino #28 during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the third inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the third inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Matt Harvey #32 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the third inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 15:  Kendall Graveman #49 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the seventh inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2021 in Baltimore Maryland.  All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mitch Haniger became the first Seattle player to homer out of the leadoff spot in both ends of a doubleheader, hitting a tiebreaking drive in the second game that led the Mariners over the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Thursday for a sweep.

Box scores: Game 1 – M’s 4, O’s 2 | Game 2 – M’s 2, O’s 1

Haniger’s fifth-inning homer to left-center off Bruce Zimmermann (1-1) broke a 1-all tie and gave him four home runs this season.

J.P. Crawford hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the sixth inning that lifted Seattle to a 4-2 win in the opener — a fitting score for Jackie Robinson Day.

Seattle won three of four from Baltimore and went 5-2 on a trip that included a stop in Minnesota.

“It was really outstanding pitching all day today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

The Orioles, who managed just seven hits in the two games, have lost eight of 10 following an opening three-game sweep at Boston. Baltimore was 1-6 during its homestand against the Red Sox and Mariners.

“I do believe our offense is a lot better than how we’re swinging the bat right now, and we are going to turn it around,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

Mariners Takeaways: Haniger and who else shined on big road trip

Justin Dunn (1-0) allowed two hits in the second game, including Freddy Galvis’ homer. He struck out six and walked two in five innings, a huge improvement from his first start, when he walked eight against the Chicago White Sox on April 7.

“Everything today was ‘Here, just hit it,’” Dunn said. “0-0, 0-1, I was going to give you one to hit, get ahead and let myself play. I knew if I could get ahead and expand later, I’d have some success. I honestly didn’t have put-away breaking balls today until later in the game. Fortunate with the results and just have to keep building off it.”

Keynan Middleton pitched the seventh for his second save in as many attempts, finishing a three-hitter in a game shortened by pandemic rules.

Dylan Moore’s solo shot in the third and Haniger’s homer accounted for all of Seattle’s offense against Zimmermann, who yielded six hits and struck out two in five innings.

Haniger hit .357 (10 of 28) with three homers and six RBIs on the Mariners’ trip. He also lifted his batting average at Camden Yards to .354 (17 of 48) in 13 road games against the Orioles.

“He likes hitting in this ballpark, and it certainly showed up in this series,” Servais said.

The teams played their second doubleheader in three days to make up of Wednesday’s rainout, which followed a split Tuesday that made up Monday’s postponement.

All players wore No. 42 in the first game on Jackie Robinson Day, the 74th anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In the first game, Crawford stayed back on a slider and hooked the ball down the right-field line for a go-ahead two-run double off Tanner Scott (0-2).

Marco Gonzales (1-1) yielded Trey Mancini’s two-run homer in the first, but settled down to retire 13 of his last 14 batters. He gave up two runs and three hits in five innings while striking out five. Kendall Graveman pitched a perfect seventh for his second save to cap a four-hitter.

Baltimore starter Matt Harvey surrendered Haniger’s two-run homer in the fifth and three hits overall in 4 2/3 innings.

27th MEN

Baltimore added RHP Cole Sulser as its 27th man for the doubleheader, and Seattle added RHP Robert Dugger as its 27th man and also added him to its 40-man roster. The Mariners selected Duggar’s contract from their alternate training site.

BIG NUMBER

With his flyout in the first inning, Seattle’s Kyle Seager became the fourth player in franchise history with 5,000 at-bats, joining Ichiro Suzuki (7,907), Edgar Martinez (7,213) and Ken Griffey Jr. (6,317).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Manager Brandon Hyde said the test results on RHP Mac Sceroler (shoulder tendinitis) were encouraging. Sceroler was placed on the IL Wednesday. “We’re hoping it’s not going to be too long,” Hyde said.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) has 16 strikeouts in 12 innings for Seattle, which returns home to begin a three-game series against Houston on Friday.

Orioles: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 11.42) draws the start Friday as Baltimore begins a three-game series at Texas.

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