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New pitcher Andrew Albers holds down Baltimore hitters and gets help from bullpen; Seattle goes for series win Wednesday

ALBERSAndrew Albers, making his first appearance and start for Seattle, pitched a great game at the right time.

The Mariners had lost five consecutive games — the first five games of the seven-game homestand. Albers allowed six hits and one run in five innings as the Mariners beat Baltimore 3-1 Tuesday at Safeco Field.

Jonathan Schoop hit a first-inning homer for Baltimore, but then it was all Mariners the rest of the way. After Albers, four relievers held the Orioles scoreless. Edwin Diaz registered his 26th save.

Nelson Cruz had an RBI single in the fourth inning, and Jean Segura's RBI single in the next inning gave Seattle the lead. Robinson Cano's groundout pushed over another run in the fifth.

Albers, the Mariners' 16th starting pitcher this season, struck out four and walked one. Wade Miley was the losing pitcher, giving up five hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The Mariners are 60-61, the Orioles 59-61.

The teams play at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Marco Gonzales (0-0, 6.48) pitching for Seattle opposite Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7 6.25).

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