First baseman Justin Smoak launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Mariners' magical May concluded with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Orioles on Tuesday at Safeco Field.
After being held to three hits by Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie through seven innings, the Mariners ignited after a fielding error by Guthrie opened the door for the dramatics.
Playing in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history, 11,692, the Mariners (28-26) ended the month of May with a 15-11 record, their first winning month since June of last year, and they now sit just a half-game back of first-place Texas in the American League West.
Seattle has taken advantage of outstanding pitching to climb back into contention, its starters posting a 2.93 ERA in May that just missed the lowest mark for a calendar month in club history -- 2.81 in September 2003.
Erik Bedard pitched well again, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings with six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts against his former squad. Chris Ray picked up the win in relief, also against his former team, as he pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball before Brandon League closed with his 15th save.
Bedard (3-5, 3.41 ERA) has been outstanding over his past six outings with a 2-0 record and 1.37 ERA, allowing just 27 hits and eight walks with 35 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings.
He saw his scoreless streak snapped at 20 innings when the Orioles pushed across a run on a double-play groundout by Nick Markakis in the sixth, after a leadoff walk to Robert Andino and a single by Adam Jones.
Catcher Matt Wieters added another run with a blast to right field leading off the seventh, the first home run Bedard has allowed in his past six starts.