Stewart was scratched last night with lower back stiffness and multiple changes in positions brought Pat Valaika off the bench.
The Orioles are 14-15 overall and trying to reach .500 for the first time since April 10. They’re 10-5 on the road.
Jorge López is 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA and 1.431 WHIP in five starts. He hasn’t gone more than five innings this season and hasn’t exceeded four in three of his outings.
López has faced the Mariners twice in his career, once out of the bullpen, and allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Orioles have homered in five straight games.
Right-hander Justin Dunn faced the Orioles in Game 2 of an April 15 doubleheader and held them to one run and two hits with six strikeouts in five innings. He’s registered a 3.98 ERA and 1.279 WHIP this season in four starts and is averaging 5.8 walks per nine innings.
Dunn has surrendered only two home runs in 20 1/3 innings, including Freddy Galvis’ solo shot.
Seattle pitching had logged 21 consecutive scoreless innings before Cedric Mullins’ two-run homer last night in the eighth. The Orioles trailed 1-0 but rallied for a 5-3 victory.
Mullins leads the majors with 38 hits. He’s batting .456 (26-for-57) in the Orioles’ 14 wins and .211 (12-for-57) in 15 losses.
Reliever Cole Sulser earned the win after retiring the side in order in the seventh and lowered his ERA to 0.96 and his WHIP to 0.964. He’s allowed one run in 9 1/3 innings with one walk and 15 strikeouts.
The Mariners are 9-4 after a loss.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Austin Hays LF
Trey Mancini 1B
Maikel Franco 3B
DJ Stewart RF
Ryan Mountcastle DH
Freddy Galvis SS
Chance Sisco C
Rio Ruiz 2B
Jorge López RHP
For the Mariners
Mitch Haniger DH
Ty France 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Kyle Lewis CF
Luis Torrens C
Evan White 1B
J.P. Crawford SS
Dylan Moore RF
Sam Haggerty LF
Justin Dunn RHP
Triple-A Norfolk’s first four starters are Conner Greene, Josh Rogers, Spenser Watkins and Keegan Akin. Double-A Bowie’s first five starters are DL Hall, Kyle Bradish, Kevin Smith, Ofelky Peralta and Brenan Hanifee. Single-A Delmarva’s rotation lines up as Zach Peek, Jake Lyons, Brandon Young, Shane Davis and Noah Denoyer.
Other starters are going to work in a piggyback arrangement.
Hall struck out 10 batters in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked two and hit a batter.
Catcher Adley Rutschman was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Delmarva shortstop Gunnar Henderson hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat with a full-season affiliate.