As they await for the appeals to be processed, heard and ruled upon, “The Suspended Trio” or perhaps “The Three Suspendees” provided all of the offense on a night where it looked like the Mariners might be held scoreless again.

Instead, J.P. Crawford and Julio Rodriguez reached with two-out singles in the eighth inning of the scoreless game and Jesse Winker scored them with a double off the wall in deep right-center for the totality of Seattle’s offense on a windswept and cooler evening.

Right-hander Paul Sewald secured Seattle’s fifth shutout of the season with a scoreless ninth inning as the Mariners scratched out a much-needed 2-0 victory over the Orioles.

The trio of starter Robbie Ray, Diego Castillo and Sewald held Baltimore to just one hit in the game.

“One-hit shutouts in this league are hard to come by,” manager Scott Servais said.

And just one hit with runners in scoring position has been hard for his team to come by as well.


That’s all the Mariners had in the win.

With two outs in the eighth, Crawford slapped a single to left off left-hander Cionel Perez. The Orioles called on hard-throwing right-hander Felix Bautista to face Rodriguez, who already had two hits in the game.

Battling with two strikes, Rodriguez ripped a 99-mph fastball on a 2-2 count off the leg of Bautista. The ball bounced to first baseman Ryan Mountcastle, who quickly turned and made a lunging attempt to tag Rodriguez. Running hard as always, Rodriguez dove away from the pending tag toward first base. The hustle forced Mountcastle to hurry the play, never securing the ball in his glove. When he made the tag, the ball squirted out. Crawford alertly sprinted for third.

“What Julio did, that’s what you teach guys to do,” Ray said. “You play the game as hard as you can. He busts it down the line, scrambling to the bag. That’s just hard-nosed baseball.”

Winker, who has now grown into a crowd favorite following the fracas in Anaheim, fell behind 0-2. But he jumped on a misplaced split-finger that hung up in the zone. The deep fly ball seemed like a homer off the bat, but right fielder Austin Hays started to track it to the wall.

“Off the bat, I definitely thought it had a shot,” Winker said. “I was kind of watching it. And then when I saw him have a bead on it. I was like, ‘Oh my God, he’s gonna catch this ball.’ And he came really close. I was just thankful that it hit off the wall.”

Hays, who had already made a nice catch earlier and threw out a runner, looked disgusted at himself after just missing it.


Winker, who has gotten loud cheers in his first at-bats of the last two games, got a standing ovation.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “I’m thankful for sure. I take a lot of pride in wearing this uniform. So to get that reception, it was cool. It was unexpected. I didn’t come to the yard thinking about that. But to get that, it was special. It was something that I’ll hold in my heart for a really long time.”

He was also quick to credit the pitchers, saying, “They’ve been carrying us.”

Indeed, in their last 26 games, Seattle’s starters have delivered outings of three runs or fewer in 25 of those games — the anomaly being Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Orioles.

But in those 25 games, the Mariners have just a 14-11 record because scoring three-plus runs seems to be at times a Sisyphean challenge.

“Our guys are on that mound have just been awesome, keeping us in games,” Servais said. “I give those guys a lot of credit. It’s hard to go out there and pitch when you’re not getting a whole lot of run support. The margin for error is so small and these guys just keep going out and keep piling the strikes on putting up zeros, knowing eventually it’s going to turn and it did tonight.”


Ray didn’t get credit for the win, but he did everything possible to get the Mariners a victory in another brilliant outing.

The veteran lefty tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit — a single from Mountcastle in the fourth inning — with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Since being forced into using a two-seam fastball in a middling start vs. the Astros and then employing it regularly in his pitch repertoire, Ray has made four starts for Seattle — all of them six-plus innings pitched with one run or fewer allowed. He’s thrown a combined 27 innings, allowing two total runs on 11 hits with seven walks, three hit batters and 28 strikeouts.

“There’s still room for improvement,” Ray said, noting his three walks. “Coming into this game, I knew that they were an aggressive team. I watched them the night before what they did. I felt like I threw some first-pitch breaking balls in situations where I’d probably throw a fastball. I just tried to use that aggression against them.”

The last pitcher to put together a similar four-start span, posting 28-plus strikeouts while allowing two runs or fewer was Felix Hernandez from July 13-Aug. 1, 2013.

Ray’s only trouble came in the fourth inning. After Mountcastle singled, he walked Adley Rutschman. It was the only runner in scoring position he would allow. But Ray struck out Tyler Nevin and got Rougned Odor to pop out. It started a run of 11 consecutive batters retired.


Baltimore starter Dean Kremer was equally effective. The 26-year-old right-hander matched Ray with seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Mariners had a prime scoring opportunity against Kremer in the fourth inning. Rodriguez led off with a single while Eugenio Suarez and Carlos Santana, making his Mariners debut, worked back-to-back one-out walks to load the bases.

But Kremer got Taylor Trammell to roll over on a cutter over the middle of the plate. The ground ball to second turned into an easy inning-ending double play. Not only did the Mariners fail to score on the play, but Trammell re-injured his right hamstring while trying to beat out the throw at first base. Trammell limped off the field signaling that he was done, but it’s different than the first strain where he needed to be helped off the field and missed almost two months.