SEATTLE -- The Orioles had six hits in the first three innings but managed to score just one run.
Their inability to capitalize on additional scoring opportunities proved to be their undoing as they failed once again to get to the .500 mark. Five Seattle pitchers retired the final 20 Orioles in a row, as the Mariners beat the Orioles, 3-1, before 24,927 at Safeco Field Aug. 15.
After beginning the 10-game West Coast trip with a win that brought them to .500 for the first time since June 29, the Orioles have missed on four subsequent occasions to return there.
With just one game remaining on the trip, the Orioles are 59-61 and two games out of the second American League wild-card spot.
"We are fighting. We know it's not easy, the division," catcher Welington Castillo said. "We are fighting, and the goal is to win it all. Just have a good record and make the playoffs and move on from there."
The Orioles were facing Andrew Albers, a 31-year-old from Saskatchewan, who had just 17 previous major league appearances and none this season.
Albers allowed second baseman Jonathan Schoop's home run, his 26th of the season, in the first inning. After third baseman Manny Machado doubled to start the third, the Canadian left-hander threw a wild pitch, sending Machado to third.
After Schoop walked, center fielder Adam Jones sent a fly ball to medium center where Jarrod Dyson threw home to nab Machado. That was the Orioles' last scoring opportunity.
"We only scored one run. That's the story of the game for me," manager Buck Showalter said. "Not many opportunities, but couldn't cash in on the ones we did."
Albers retired his last eight hitters and left after five. Another unknown, right-hander Emilio Pagan, shut down each of his six hitters. Three other relievers combined to record six outs.
"They pitched real well, and we didn't do a whole lot against them. That's what I look at," Showalter said.
Wade Miley pitched a sloppy 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. The left-hander's start was the shortest by an Orioles starter since Chris Tillman's two-plus innings Aug. 3.
Seattle scored two runs off Miley in the fifth, and the key play was a bunt by Dyson with third baseman Danny Espinosa on second. Miley couldn't field the bunt, and with runners on first and third, both Espinosa and Dyson ended up scoring.
Espinosa scored on Jean Segura's base hit, and Guillermo Heredia's grounder to first resulted in Dyson coming home when the Orioles couldn't turn two.
"Man on second, the bunt, probably had a good look at it [at] third base if I get that transfer and get it over to Manny," Miley said. "That changes a lot right there. First and third with nobody out, two speedsters on the bag, got a ground ball after that and with two pretty fleet runners on the bases, it's tough to turn double plays."
If the Orioles win the final game of the road trip, they'll be 5-5 and return home for six games with Los Angeles and Oakland a game below .500.
"Nobody said it's going to be easy, so we go out there and grind every day and at the end of the day we'll walk into our house or our hotel with our head up because we've gave it everything we've got," Castillo said.
NOTES: INF Ryan Flaherty and OF Anthony Santander's scheduled game for Class-A Frederick at Wilmington Aug. 15 was rained out. Their rehab stint has ended, and they're scheduled to be activated Aug. 17. … RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.25) and LHP Marco Gonzales (0-0, 8.49) are the scheduled starters for Aug. 16. Game time is 3:40 p.m. ET. … Showalter was inducted into the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame. He managed two years in the New York Yankees' organization.