BALTIMORE (AP) — Kyle Seager hit an RBI double in the eighth and the Seattle Mariners won their third extra-inning game in as many tries this season, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Seager, who has reached base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances, laced a one-out double to center off Tanner Scott (0-1). That scored Mitch Haniger, who opened the extra frame as the automatic runner on second base.
“I think he really embraces that he is our veteran leader on this club,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I’ve often said the best players need to step up when games are on the line, and that’s what he’s doing.”
Seattle won its third in a row overall. The Orioles have dropped four straight and six of seven since opening with a three-game road sweep of Boston.
Rafael Montero (1-0) earned the victory despite surrendering the lead in the seventh inning. Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth for his first career save.
Ty France and Tom Murphy both homered for Seattle.
Justus Sheffield, who was originally scheduled to face Baltimore on Monday before the game was rained out, didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in the first four innings. He yielded two runs and three hits, including Ramón Urias’ two-run homer in the fifth, while striking out five.
Sheffield needed just 77 pitches to complete six innings as he neared a complete game.
“I definitely wanted to go back out there,” Sheffield said. “Waking up this morning, I knew we had a doubleheader and I told myself I wanted to go C-G. I’ve only done it one time in my career, I think, and never at the big league level. That was definitely a goal coming into this game. I saw we had Montero warming up, and Skip told me he was going to take the ball. No…