Owners of the AL's best road record, the Seattle Mariners may be eager to escape from a rough weekend.
They begin a six-game trip Tuesday night with a formidable challenge, though, with the Baltimore Orioles playing at an extraordinary level at home.
Seattle enters Camden Yards off three consecutive home losses to the Los Angeles Angels, blowing ninth-inning leads in the first two and managing two singles off Hector Santiago through eight of Sunday's 3-0 defeat.
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''We were right in every game, we just didn't get it done. It's going to happen,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''As high as we were early in the week, to have it flip on us on the weekend is frustrating, but we've played well on the road.”
The Mariners bats have performed better away from Safeco Field, hitting .268 and averaging 5.2 runs in compiling a 13-6 road mark. They're batting .218 and averaging 3.7 runs at home.
Robinson Cano, who had a 13-game hitting streak end Sunday, is batting .363 and hit nine of his 12 home runs on the road. Ex-Oriole Nelson Cruz is hitting .324 on the road compared to a .197 clip at home.
Cano also has had great success in Baltimore and against Ubaldo Jimenez. The star second baseman sports a .362 average with 15 homers in 82 games at Camden Yards and is 6 for 11 with two homers off Tuesday's starter.
Seattle (21-16) had won eight of 10 prior to the sweep and has won four straight started by Wade Miley (3-2, 4.91 ERA), who looks to reverse last season's struggles in Baltimore and against the AL East.
Miley went 2-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 14 in-division starts with Boston in 2015 and was hit hard in two losses at Camden Yards, surrendering 14 hits and 11 earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. He's been solid lately, however, holding opponents to a .198 average while going 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA over his past four outings.
Home runs have been an issue, though, as Miley gave up three solo shots in six-plus innings of Tuesday's 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.
Baltimore (23-13) leads the majors with 55 home runs and have hit 31 at home, where it's an MLB-best 16-6. Adam Jones has four with nine RBIs over a six-game stretch in which he's 13 for 25, while Manny Machado hit his fourth in seven games in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Detroit.
Machado, hitting .370 with eight homers and 21 RBIs at Camden Yards, is 3 for 7 against Miley. Both he and Jones homered off the left-hander in a 6-5 win over Boston last June.
The Orioles had won seven straight entering Sunday's contest, in which J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered on consecutive pitches off Darren O'Day in the eighth inning to send the Tigers ahead.
They're hoping for a bounce-back effort Tuesday from Jimenez (2-3, 4.87) in the erratic right-hander's first meeting with Seattle since 2013. After working a season-high eight innings in a 5-2 victory over Oakland on May 7, he allowed four earned runs on nine hits and walked four in five-plus Thursday against Detroit.
“I didn't think his breaking ball was as crisp,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He had really good late finish on the split last time out. He had a little bit more of a tumbler (Thursday). Against (Detroit), it doesn't work too well.”
Jimenez has walked three or more in five of his seven starts and issued one or less while pitching at least seven innings in each of his two 2016 wins.