It was exactly the type of slugfest one might expect from two teams loaded with power hitters and weighted down by struggling bullpens.
Throw in the fact that the game was held at cozy Camden Yards, and it's easy to believe that Seattle and Baltimore combined for eight homers, 19 runs and 25 hits in the Orioles' 10-9 comeback victory Monday night.
"What you saw is a product of what's in baseball right now. Everyone's a little bit short of pitching and a little bit beat up and can't use everybody," Baltimore manager Ray Miller said.
"I've got whiplash!" Seattle manager Lou Piniella fumed while pacing his office desperately searching in vain for an ashtray.
Rafael Palmeiro hit the last of three Baltimore home runs in the eighth inning as the Orioles avoided a third straight loss and a return trip to last place in the AL East.
Seattle got two homers from Edgar Martinez and one apiece from David Segui and Russ Davis. The Mariners, who hit six homers Sunday against Tampa Bay, increased their total for the season to a major league-high 94.
Martinez hit a solo shot and a two-run drive, Segui had a three-run homer and Davis hit a solo homer. But it wasn't enough offense to overcome another collapse by the Seattle bullpen.
"When you score that many runs, you'd like to think you have a pretty good shot of winning," Segui said.
Baltimore, which has played the last week without three injured starting pitchers, has yielded 10 homers and 28 runs in its last three games.
"It was a big win for us. We have to take what we have and figure out a way to win with it, and tonight we did," Miller said.
The Orioles trailed throughout the game and were booed by many in the crowd of 42,622 before pulling ahead with a four-run eighth.
Brady Anderson hit a two-run homer off Bob Wells and Eric Davis, after arguing a called strike, homered to left. One out later, Palmeiro hit a shot off Tony Fossas (0-3) over the center-field wall, his 13th homer of the season.
"That's the kind of power we have on this club. Up and down the lineup, anybody can get you at any time," Davis said.
Palmeiro got four hits, one day after going 0-for-5 and stranding nine runners. Roberto Alomar had four hits, including a home run, and four RBIs.
"A big game for Raffy," said Miller, who originally planned to give the first baseman a day off before changing his mind. "He took it personal and came out tonight and put on a heck of a show."
Alan Mills (1-2) pitched three innings. Armando Benitez got two outs for his eighth save.
Forced to compensate for a decided lack of healthy pitching arms, the Orioles called up Richie Lewis from Triple-A Rochester to face the hard-hitting Mariners. It was a mismatch athe start.
The first five batters reached base against Lewis and four of them scored. Joey Cora singled, Alex Rodriguez walked and Ken Griffey hit an RBI single before Segui homered over the right-field scoreboard.
The Orioles scored two unearned runs in their half after a two-out throwing error by Russ Davis at third. Martinez homered in the third for a 5-2 lead, but Baltimore got RBI singles from Alomar and Cal Ripken in its half.
A sacrifice fly by Segui preceded Martinez's 11th homer in the fifth. Alomar's sixth homer, a two-run drive, made it 8-6 in the bottom of the inning.
Russ Davis hit his 10th homer leading off the eighth.
Notes: Baltimore has allowed 10 homers and 28 runs in its last three games. ... Seattle starters entered a combined 1-for-12 against Lewis (Segui was 0-for-4), but his homer was one of four first-inning hits off the right-hander. ... Seattle third baseman Russ Davis committed two errors, matching his total of the previous 26 games. ... Jeff Reboulet started successive games for the first time this season. He went 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts. ... Seattle starter Jeff Fassero has allowed 12 runs in his last two starts, both against Baltimore.
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