BALTIMORE (AP) — On a night of baserunning mishaps and blown leads, Diego Castillo looked calm as could be in closing out the win for Seattle.
Abraham Toro hit a tiebreaking triple in the top of the 10th inning, and Castillo shut down Baltimore in the bottom half to lift the Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the Orioles on Thursday night. Castillo retired all six of his hitters and didn’t seem at all rattled by the fact that the tying run was automatically put on second in the 10th.
“My mind was the same,” Castillo said. “Just take out every hitter I face, and just finish the game.”
With Seattle’s automatic runner on third and one out, Toro hit a drive to deep center field off Jorge López (3-3). Cedric Mullins ran it down at the wall but couldn’t hold onto the ball. Toro sped around to third, but then López retired Luis Torrens and Jesse Winker — both of whom had three hits on the night — to limit the Mariners to a run.
Castillo (2-0) made it hold up, striking out Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle before rookie Adley Rutschman hit a line drive into the Mariners’ defensive shift.
“It’s as sharp is we’ve seen Diego in a long time,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “His confidence is back.”
The Orioles led 3-2 before a wild sixth inning that included seven runs and five pitching changes. Eugenio Suárez tied the game with an RBI single, chasing Baltimore starter Jordan Lyles. Adam Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly off Cionel Pérez, and after two walks loaded the bases, Joey Krehbiel came on and allowed a two-run single by Torrens that made it 6-3.
The Orioles struck back when Ramón Urías hit an RBI double and Mullins tied it at 6 with a two-run double down the left-field line.
“That’s a really scrappy team over there,” Servais said. “They do not quit, and they’ve got…