Cust triples, helps Mariners beat Orioles

Cust triples, helps Mariners beat Orioles
Seattle Mariners' Jack Cust heads to third on an RBI triple against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 30, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) - Jack Cust hit the second triple of his career, driving in two runs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Monday.

Doug Fister (3-5) went 7 1-3 innings to pick up his first victory since April 30. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out a career-high nine in his 49th career start.

Fister threw 23 of 30 first-pitch strikes. He is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA over his past eight starts.

Brandon League worked the ninth for his 14th save in 17 opportunities.

Ichiro Suzuki, steeped in his worst career slump - 1 of 22 over his previous five games - had a pair of singles and scored twice. He now has a career .367 average against Baltimore, the best against any team. He has at least one hit in 40 of the last 42 games he has played against the Orioles.

The Mariners have won 10 of 12 games and are 19-11 over their past 30 games. They also have assured just their second winning May (14-11) since 2004.

Jake Arrieta (6-3) lasted just 2 1-3 innings for the Orioles, allowing four hits, four runs and walking four.

Suzuki greeted Arrieta with a sharp first-inning single to right. With one out, Justin Smoak walked and Cust followed with a two-run triple. The high flyball hit halfway up the right-center wall then bounced away from the fielders.

His first triple came on Aug. 18, 2007, for Oakland against Kansas City.

Mark Reynolds drilled the first hit against Fister in the third, a solo shot into the second deck in left field. It was his seventh.

Suzuki then initiated the Mariners two-run, third-inning rally with a leadoff single that caromed off Arrieta's left leg. Brendan Ryan followed with a single to left, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. Smoak walked to load the bases.

After Cust flied out to shallow left, Arrieta issued successive bases-loaded walks to Adam Kennedy and Miguel Olivo for a 4-1 score.

The Orioles rallied for two off Fister in the eighth. Robert Andino opened with a one-hop shot that third baseman Chone Figgins couldn't handle. Felix Pie then singled to right with Andino raced around to third. With one out, Nick Markakis singled to right, scoring Andino to make it 4-2.

Jamey Wright took over for Fister and induced Vladimir Guerrero to hit a hard grounder to Figgins' left. The ball bounced off Figgins' glove for an error, allowing Pie to score.

Aaron Laffey entered and ended the rally by getting Luke Scott on a grounder.