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October 3, 1997By MIKE DiGIOVANNA Los Angeles Times

SEATTLE Jamie Moyer walked off the Kingdome mound in the fifth inning Thursday, unable to continue because of a strained left elbow, and with him went the Seattle Mariners jerseys’ AL pennant hopes.

Seattle manager Lou Piniella was forced to turn the game over to his bullpen, which is like turning a bunch of toddlers loose in a big mud puddle _ you know they’re going to make a mess of things.

A one run lead quickly became a one run deficit, a close, tense, affair soon turned into a 9 3 Baltimore victory, and the Orioles jerseys took a convincing 2 1 lead in the best of 5 division series, which heads to Baltimore for Game 3 Saturday.

Brady Anderson hit a two run homer in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the eighth, and No. 9 batter Mike Bordick keyed a four run eighth with a two run single, as the Orioles jerseys silenced the Kingdome crowd of 59,309.

Right hander Scott Erickson followed Mike Mussina’s Wednesday night gem with a solid 62/3 inning, three run, seven hit effort, he was backed by a half dozen or so outstanding defensive plays, and Oriole relievers Armando Benitez, Jesse Orosco and Randy Myers combined for 21/3 hitless innings.

It’s real nice to be two games up, but it’s not over,” said Orioles jerseys second baseman Roberto Alomar, who greeted reliever Paul Spoljaric with a two run double that gave Baltimore a 3 2 lead in the fifth.

Seattle is a great team, and you can’t be overconfident against them. We just have to continue to play like we did here, relax, have some fun, play great defense, get good pitching . . . ”

Piniella’s reaction: What, me worry? Asked if he was stunned, confused or baffled by what transpired in Seattle, where the Orioles jerseys outscored the powerful Mariners jerseys, 18 6, in two games, Piniella said:

My mind set is on having some crab cakes [Friday night) in Baltimore, and a little Chardonnay to go with it. We knew Baltimore was a good team. I kind of chuckled when I heard their players talk about how tough it would be having to play the first two games here. . . . But we’re definitely in a hole.”

It’s a familiar trench. Seattle lost the first two games of the 1995 division series in New York and came back to win the next three games in dramatic fashion.

But the Mariners jerseys came back to Seattle for Game 3 and had Randy Johnson in peak form waiting for the Yankees jerseys. This time they have to travel to Baltimore with Jeff Fassero on the mound.

We’ve been in this position before _ things could change,” said Mariner center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., who just missed making a spectacular catch at the wall of Alomar’s fifth inning double. You don’t like to be in this position, but nobody is down on anybody.”

That can’t be easy with the way Seattle’s bullpen has performed. Mariners jerseys relievers actually outplayed Baltimore’s vaunted relief corps in September, combining for a 4 4 record, 3.79 ERA and seven saves compared to the Orioles jerseys’ 3 5 record, 5.65 ERA and six saves, and the playoffs was their chance to redeem themselves for their 27 blown saves this season.

But in two games, the Seattle bullpen has given up 10 runs on 15 hits in 81/3 innings.

Our bullpen threw the ball well in September and we have a good mix down there,” Piniella said. They’re just not getting the job done.”

Moyer had stifled the Orioles jerseys with the cheap mlb majestic jerseys exception of Harold Baines, who homered in the second and singled in the fifth, and Seattle led 2 1 when Moyer suffered an injury that will most likely end his season.