BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy had been away from the Orioles on bereavement leave for the past four days mourning the loss of his grandmother.
But Bundy returned to the team Aug. 29 and had his best performance in his two seasons with the Orioles. Allowing only a bunt single in the fourth inning to Seattle's Kyle Seager, the right-hander set a career-high with 12 strikeouts and threw his first complete game and shutout during the Orioles' 4-0 win against the Mariners before 13,736 at Oriole Park.
Working on five days rest, Bundy walked two batters in the third, then allowed three baserunners during the last six innings. Besides Seager's single, Guillermo Heredia reached on shortstop Tim Beckham's second error of the game with one out in the eighth, and Bundy hit Robinson Cano with a pitch leading off the ninth.
"That was fun to watch," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's so strong mentally. That was outstanding, obviously."
Bundy had thrown 105 pitches through eight, and with closer Zach Britton working in the bullpen, it seemed Bundy was done, and he admitted he was surprised to come back for the ninth.
"Yeah, a little bit," Bundy said. "Grateful, humbled, to get a chance to go out there in the ninth and then also get a chance to complete it."
It was the Orioles' first complete game of the season, and it wasn't an easy decision for Showalter to send him back out.
"I was going to let him have hitter to hitter, unless he had some deep counts," Showalter said. "The stressfulness, it's easy for me to say, but he had some real short innings and felt good physically.
"Physically, he's fine. Like I say a lot of times, a lot of moves are made for you by the other team, and I didn't really see anything -- I'm sure you all didn't -- that made me think he was. … They squared up a couple balls the inning before, but you're also careful about changing, I don't know, the culture or karma of a game. Obviously, it was pretty good with Dylan in there. It would have been good with Zach in there."
Seattle's only hit, Seager's bunt, came to the third base side of the mound, and Bundy had trouble handling it.
"I just bobbled it, and you know, even if I caught it cleanly, I don't even know if I had a chance there, I wasn't sure," Bundy said. "I bobbled it, so I didn't have a chance."
The Orioles have won six straight, matching their high for the season. Their other six-game winning streak, from May 4-9, propelled them to a 22-10 record.
At 67-65, they still trail Minnesota by 1.5 games for the second American League wild-card spot.
With 30 games remaining, Showalter will try and keep Bundy strong, giving him an extra days rest again for his next start. The strategy has paid off. Bundy has started seven times in the last half of the season, winning five of them with two no-decisions. The Orioles won both of the no-decisions.
"I've noticed the second half I'm getting a few more days in between starts than I did in the first half, and I think I'm starting to see it now," Bundy said. "My body feels great still, and I'm just blessed to be out there."
All four Orioles runs came on home runs. Third baseman Manny Machado hit two, in the sixth and eighth. Machado has 30 home runs, which broke a tie with second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who hit his 29th in the first inning. Catcher Welington Castillo hit his 15th home run in the seventh.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 32 minutes. The Orioles have had 17 delays at home totaling 13 hours, 6 minutes. ... The Orioles will send seven players to the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. LHPs Keegan Akin (Frederick), Andrew Faulkner (Norfolk), Tanner Scott (Bowie) and INFs Ryan Mountcastle and Steve Wilkerson (both Bowie) have already been named. Another pitcher and an outfielder will also go the AFL. … Low-A Delmarva manager Ryan Minor will serve as one of the Rafters' hitting coaches. … RHP Hunter Harvey pitched 2.2 scoreless innings for Delmarva, allowing a hit and a walk. He struck out five. Harvey will get a final start next week before he's sent home to rest for the winter. ... Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 6.57) will face left-hander Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.62) Aug. 30