- Associated Press - Sunday, July 27, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Throwing strikes is not necessarily always a good thing, as the Seattle Mariners discovered Sunday.

Manny Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Mariners 3-2.

Yoervis Medina (4-2) was ahead in the count 0-2 to Machado and had at least a couple pitches to play with. Instead, Medina went right after him.

“He was challenging me. His best pitch is his fastball,” Machado said. “He started with a strike. Then he comes up and in. So I’m down 0-2 real quick. He tried to get me out with a fastball down and in, and I got it up and put it in play.”

Machado hit it well good enough that center fielder James Jones had to sprint to the warning track to bring it down. Adam Jones tagged at third and trotted home.

“It wasn’t a good pitch, it was a strike,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He was trying to get a groundout. He went at him with his best stuff. It just didn’t work.”

Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, who had hit a tying home run in the eighth, said he called for the fastball down and away.

“He has such a great sinker that I thought that would be a great spot to do that and try to get a double play there,” Zunino said. “It was a good pitch to go back to. He just left it over the plate a little bit.”

The Orioles took three of four in the series, twice winning in extra innings. Baltimore is 11-3 in extras this season, including six straight wins.

Manager Buck Showalter said Machado had a “stick-your-nose-over-the-plate-and-get-it-done” at-bat.

Jones opened the 10th with a double into the left-field corner, and Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis walked to load the bases.

After J.J. Hardy popped out, Machado came through.

Machado also singled and scored in the third inning and had an RBI single in the eighth.

T.J. McFarland (4-2) worked one inning for the victory. His effort came on a day when his grandmother died in Chicago. He plans to leave the team beginning Monday for at least three days to attend her funeral.

Zach Britton struck out the side in the 10th for his 20th save in 23 opportunities.

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