(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles try to halt their three-game losing streak this evening when they host the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards.
The Mariners won the opener of the rain-shortened three-game series on Tuesday night. Dan Wilson snapped a seventh-inning tie with an RBI single and also smacked a solo homer in the game to lead Seattle to a 7-5 win over Baltimore.
Rafael Palmeiro and Larry Bigbie each hit solo homers for the Orioles, who are now two games behind Boston for first place in the AL East.
With the game tied at 5-5, Seattle grabbed a two-run lead in the seventh inning. Rich Aurilia drew a two-out walk, which put an end to Rodrigo Lopez's night. Buddy Groom came on in relief and immediately surrendered a single to Olerud. The hit brought Mike DeJean out of the bullpen, but the veteran righty did not fare much better.
Wilson singled to right to score Aurilia and Jolbert Cabrera also recorded an RBI hit to plate Olerud for a 7-5 lead.
Ron Villone (2-0) was credited with the win after he allowed just one hit over 1 2/3 innings, while Lopez took the loss. Lopez (1-1) was charged with one run on one hit over 3 2/3 innings.
Kurt Ainsworth, who is still in search of his first victory of the season, gets the call for the Orioles tonight.
Ainsworth has posted back-to-back no decisions after losing his first start of the season. Last Thursday against Tampa Bay, Ainsworth was touched for six runs -- five earned -- in five innings.
This will be Ainsworth's first-ever start against the Mariners.
Ainsworth has been terrible in two starts at Camden Yards this season, posting an 0-1 record and 16.20 earned run average at Baltimore's home park.
The M's are 18-10 against Baltimore since the start of the 2001 campaign. Seattle has also won eight of the last 13 matchups at Camden Yards.