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Mariners 6, Orioles 5

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners are breathing down the necks of the faltering Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. The Mariners wrapped up a seven-game homestand with a 6 to 5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles to cut the Angels' division lead to 1½ games. The Angels lost their third straight game tonight, 7 to 2 at Tampa Bay.

The Mariners scored their winning run tonight on Adrian Beltre's bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch from Chad Bradford with two outs in the eighth inning that scored scored Jose Vidro.

Sean Green recorded four outs to get the victory, and All-Star closer J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save and his 30th consecutive dating to last season. Putz lowered his ERA to 0.79.

The Mariners finished 4 and 3 on their homestand after the All-Star break, moving to within one game of Cleveland in the American League wild card race.

The Mariners play their next eight on the road before returning home for a nine-game homestand that includes a three-game series with the Angels.

Jarrod Washburn Washburn started for the Mariners and went 6 1-3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

All-Star center fielder Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 to raise his batting average to .352, while Ben Broussard homered for the Mariners. Detroit's Magglio Ordonez leads the American League with a .358 batting average.

The Mariners are off today before opening a three-game series in Toronto on Friday.