BALTIMORE — Seldom-used Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday behind left-hander Joe Saunders.
Batting ninth in the lineup, the 41-year-old Blanco sent an 0-2 pitch into the left-field seats to erase a 2-1 deficit. The backup catcher was playing in his 32nd game of the season, the 17th with Seattle after being signed as a free agent.
Blanco has played for 11 different teams during a career that began in 1997. This was his third homer of the season; the other two were grand slams, including a game winner in his Mariners debut against Oakland on June 15.
Saunders (10-10) worked out of trouble in almost every inning but improved to 7-0 against Baltimore after allowing two runs, eight hits and two walks in six innings.
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||1||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||3|
|Arizona||7||Bottom 9th Inning|
|San Francisco||7||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Texas||3||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Houston||3||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Cincinnati - A. Simon||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - C. Morton|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||6:05 PM|
|Washington - G. Gonzalez|
|Kansas City - J. Vargas||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - J. Masterson|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - D. McGowan|
|Chicago WSox - A. Rienzo||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - D. Smyly|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. Niese|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi|
|NY Yankees - M. Pineda||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Lackey|
|San Diego - T. Ross||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|St. Louis||8:30 PM|
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