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Sunday, August 3 (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (57-53) at Baltimore Orioles (61-48), 1:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06) Baltimore - Chris Tillman (7-5, 3.97)

(SportsNetwork.com) - In the final game between them this regular season, the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles will clash at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon.

Seattle avenged a 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Friday with a 6-3 victory on Saturday to even the three-game series.

Robinson Cano launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Kendrys Morales drove in two runs with a single in the ninth to power the Mariners to their third win in the last five games.

"That's a good recipe for winning," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said afterward. "Robby came through big time for us there. He loves hitting in this ball park, and tonight was indicative of that."

Dominic Leone tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter James Paxton to claim the victory.

Miguel Gonzalez surrendered four runs on seven hits in just five innings to fall to 5-6 on the year.

Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with a double and Caleb Joseph had a double and a home run, his fourth of the season.

"It cost us the game. We had a base open there and he's a dangerous hitter," said Joseph of Cano's home run. "We've done the best we can to minimize his damage. He's a great player. He took advantage of a mistake. We all want it back, but that's baseball."

Baltimore has lost two of its last three games, but remains 2 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for first place in the AL East.

Sunday's pitching matchup features Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma going up against Baltimore's Chris Tillman.

It is difficult to get much attention as a Seattle pitcher with Felix Hernandez grabbing the majority of headlines, but Iwakuma deserves a great deal of praise as well. The 33-year-old right-hander is 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA and, like Hernandez, he has a WHIP below one (0.994). Iwakuma has also made great strides in driving his walk rate down. He is allowing a free pass just 0.7 times per nine innings and his 10.44 strikeout per walk ratio is the best in the bigs.

Iwakuma did allow a single walk in his last start, ending a streak of five starts without one, but he still got the win in the contest, allowing just two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 triumph over Cleveland.

In the start prior to that one Iwakuma faced Baltimore for the first time this season. He did not have as much success against the Orioles, allowing four runs over his seven innings of work. Seattle also lost the game, 4-0. It was just his second career start against Baltimore.

Tillman has not faced the Mariners this season, but he should be excited to do so considering he is 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five career starts against them.

His season stats have not been as spectacular, as he comes into Sunday with a 7-5 record and an ERA just below 4.00. He saw that second number rise slightly after his last start, when he allowed five runs, three earned, over five innings of work against the Angels. Baltimore still managed to win the game, although Tillman did not factor in the decision. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Orioles in games Tillman pitched.

Baltimore won three out of four against Seattle last weekend.

08/03 10:35:31 ET

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CAR 17
CLE 13
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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MIA 100
BOS 84
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BRK 110
DET 105
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SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
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SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
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UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
2nd
SEAT 46
SACST 36
 
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DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
3rd
WIN 3
PHI 2
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
4th
ARI 6
SEA 21