BALTIMORE — Cliff Lee allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings to earn his first win with Seattle, and the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of last-place teams.
Ryan Langerhans homered for the Mariners, who have won two straight following an eight-game skid. Seattle is 4-0 against Baltimore and 9-19 against everyone else.
Lee (1-1) allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked none. After the left hander gave up two consecutive singles in the eighth, Brandon League got Miguel Tejada to hit into a double play.
League also pitched the ninth to earn his first save.
Lee, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner, was making his third start with the Mariners since coming off the disabled list after an abdominal strain. He came to Seattle in a December trade with Philadelphia.
Facing the Orioles for the first time since 2005, Lee dominated a struggling offense that now has scored only two runs over the last 28 innings.
David Hernandez (0-5) gave up five runs, five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He has lost 11 straight decisions, the longest active streak in the majors and two short of the Orioles record held by Mike Boddicker (1987-88).
During Hernandez's seven starts this year, Baltimore has scored only six runs while he was in the game.
Held hitless through three innings, the Orioles used a single by Nick Markakis and a double by Tejada to put runners in scoring position in the fourth. Lee subsequently struck out Ty Wigginton and retired Matt Wieters on a grounder.
Langerhans broke the scoreless duel by leading off the fifth with his first home run. The Mariners then loaded the bases with two outs, and Hernandez walked Chone Figgins on a 3-2 pitch before Franklin Gutierrez flied out to center.
Seattle chased Hernandez during a three-run sixth. After retiring the first two batters, Hernandez walked two and gave up an RBI single to Rob Johnson. Another run scored when left fielder Nolan Reimold fumbled the ball, and Michael Saunders greeted Jason Berken with a run-scoring single.
Baltimore got a run in the seventh when Wigginton doubled and scored on a single by Garrett Atkins.
An intermittent rain fell for much of the night but never stopped play. … Hernandez has issued 15 walks over the last 15 2/3 innings. Lee, in contrast, has not given up a walk this year. … Lee is 4-0 in his career against Baltimore. … Mariners LHP Erik Bedard (shoulder) was supposed to pitch a simulated game, but rain pushed it back for at least a day. … Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-4. He's a lifetime .390 hitter at Camden Yards.
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