Baltimore Orioles defeat Seattle Mariners, 12-4

NEARLY PERFECT Only Nick Markakis' fourth-inning single to left field prevented Mariners veteran left-hander Jarrod Washburn from throwing a perfect game.

Washburn retired the first 11 Orioles and the final 16 in the first one-hit shutout of his lengthy career. It was also the first one-hitter thrown by a Mariner in the 10-year history of Safeco Field.

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