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BAL@KC: Feldman stymies the Royals to earn ninth win

Both Scott Feldman and the Mariners will be looking for a fresh start when they face off on Saturday.

Feldman is making his sixth start for the Orioles since the team acquired him in a trade with the Cubs on July 2. His last time out, he lasted five innings in a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. The righty gave up four earned runs on six hits in front of a sellout crowd at Camden Yards.

"I've always said the best job in baseball is a starting pitcher who has a good outing, the next four days," manager Buck Showalter said. "And the worst job in baseball is a starting pitcher who has a bad outing, the next four days, because it's an eternity."

The Mariners have lost the first four games of a tough East Coast road trip, but acting manager Robby Thompson is doing his best to keep the team positive. Seattle went 15-10 in July and has been playing good baseball with the addition of several youngsters to the lineup, and Thompson held a team meeting prior to Friday's series opener against the Orioles to remind the club of that.

"It's over and done with," Thompson said of his team blowing a five-run, ninth-inning lead in Boston on Thursday. "We just had a little chat with everybody and wanted to make sure we forget about it, yet learn from mistakes and move forward. That was, to put it lightly, a huge loss [Thursday] with that lead and all and losing in the ninth inning. But with that being said, this is a game to be played by men. It's a man's game, a tough game to play 162 games and go through all the ups and downs."

On the mound for Seattle will be rookie Erasmo Ramirez, who is looking for his third straight win. Ramirez is 2-0 in 2013, but often endures big innings and has a 7.71 ERA.

"You want to just pound the strike zone," Ramirez said. "When you're ahead three or more runs, you want to make them swing at pitches, and you go deeper into the game."

Orioles: Davis' historic numbers
Chris Davis became just the fifth Oriole to hit 40 home runs in a season, doing so against the Mariners on Friday. Brady Anderson holds the club record with 50 homers in 1996.

Davis' 39th home run, which came on Thursday, counted for his 100th RBI as well. Davis now has the 39th 100-RBI season in club history, and he is the 20th Orioles player to accomplish the feat. The last player to do so for Baltimore was Nick Markakis in 2009 with 101.

Mariners: Thompson says August is critical
Thanks to timely contributions from young players such as Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, the Mariners are in third place in the American League West, 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Athletics. Because of its recent success on the field, Seattle has a chance to finish the season above .500 for the first time since 2009. Thompson says August will be the critical month for the Mariners if they're going to capitalize on their recent success.

"August is a huge month. You can be 10-12 games out in August, and then all of a sudden in September you're only two or three games back. We have a bunch of men in that clubhouse and some veteran guys who'll help," Thompson said.

Worth noting
• Baltimore's Matt Wieters has gone a career-high seven games without collecting a hit.

• Seattle's Kendrys Morales now has a hit in 13 of his last 17 at-bats, having gone 4-for-4 against the Orioles on Friday.

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