A rain delay was just what young pitcher Garrett Olsonneeded to calm down in his return to Camden Yards.
Olson gave up two runs before a 27-minute delay, then came outand threw three scoreless for his first win of the season in theSeattle Mariners' 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursdaynight.
"Olson came out a little too aggressive. He was amped up andcouldn't find his command," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Afterthe rain delay, I saw a different pitcher. He came back out,battled and saved the bullpen."
Russell Branyan contributed a sacrifice fly during a three-run rally inthe third, then capped his night with a 450-foot blast in theseventh. Branyan's team-leading 14th homer tied for thesixth-longest at Camden Yards.
Adrian Beltre went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run while IchiroSuzuki doubled, tripled and scored two runs to help the Marinerswin their fourth straight series.
Olson (1-1) spent parts of two seasons with the Orioles and made26 starts before being traded to Seattle in the offseason.
"Being able to come back to this ballpark and get my first winof the season is special," he said.
Baltimore has lost seven of its last eight games. The Orioleshave not scored more than four runs since May 29 and are batting apaltry .207 (67-for-223) over their last 10 games.
"I don't think we're in an offensive funk. We've hit ballshard," said Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who was 0 for 4. "I'dsay luck is not on our side right now."
Suzuki reached base for the 40th straight game, longest in theAL this season and tying his career best.
Yuniesky Betancourt delivered an RBI double to help Seattle sealthe victory by scoring twice in the seventh off Baltimore relieverBrian Bass.
Baltimore starter Koji Uehara (2-4) was returning from a trip tothe disabled list. Activated before the game after being out sinceMay 24 with a strained left hamstring, he gave up four runs onseven hits through five innings.
Luke Scott hit a two-run homer in the first inning to put theOrioles ahead 2-0.
Uehara was sharp early, allowing just one hit and striking outtwo through two innings. But after a 27-minute rain delay, he gaveup hits on the first three pitches he threw.
Suzuki doubled while Branyan and Beltre followed withrun-scoring singles. Jose Lopez capped the third-inning rally witha sacrifice fly as the Mariners took a 3-2 lead.
"The guy hasn't pitched in two weeks and I think you could telltonight. There was some rust there so obviously he was affected bythe long layoff," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.
Olson gave way to reliever Chris Jakubauskas to start theseventh. Although he allowed a run, Mark Lowe and David Aardsmapitched two perfect innings, and Aardsma got his 11th save in 12chances.
"It's a credit to (pitching coach) Rick Adair and (bullpencoach) John Wetteland and the work the pitchers are doingthemselves," Wakamatsu said. "Mechanically, what we worked onduring spring training is starting to show through now. You see itin a lot more efficient deliveries. The starting pitching has setthe tone and John has done a great job with the whole bullpencrew."
NOTES: Orioles pitcher David Hernandez was optioned to Triple-ANorfolk prior to the game... Ken Griffey snapped an 0-for-13 streakwith a single in the fifth... Scott has hit nine home runs in thelast 19 games. He leads Baltimore with 14 homers.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times