Dylan Bundy shuts down the M’s, who lost their second consecutive road series after a 4-0 loss.
BALTIMORE — A road trip that started out with so much promise has slowly spiraled downward into disarray and frustration, mirroring the plot of National Lampoon’s Vacation but without the laughs.
After going 4-2 and winning the first two series of this 12-game trek to the East Coast, the Mariners have dropped the last two series after being shut down on Tuesday night by right-hander Dylan Bundy in a 4-0 shutout to the Orioles.
On his 116th pitch of the game — a biting 84 mph slider — Bundy struck out Danny Valencia for the fourth time and punched his career-high 12th strikeout and notched the first complete game and shutout of his career.
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“Bundy threw the ball outstanding,” M’s manager Scott Servais said. “He had good stuff, and he executed his game plan against us. We just got nothing going offensively. We’ve talked often on this road trip that we have to hit and score runs, and we just haven’t done that the last three or four days for the most part. We really got nothing going tonight at all. Attribute a lot of that to him.”
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Seattle has lost four games in a row to fall under .500 at 66-67. The Mariners wrap up the four-city trip on Wednesday. A win would give them a road-trip split at 6-6, which would be acceptable — but disappointing, considering the start.
“We can’t do anything about what happened today,” designated hitter Nelson Cruz said. “It’s over. It’s in the past. Shake it off, and hopefully tomorrow is a better day. We’ve bounced back before. There’s no reason why we can’t do it. We have a good offensive team. Sometimes when you face a good pitcher, the offense doesn’t work.”
And it wasn’t working against Bundy.
It was the 11th time this season the Mariners have failed to score in a game. Even worse, they mustered all of one hit and it traveled approximately 15 feet.
That hit was Kyle Seager’s bunt single against the shift to the left side of the infield.
“Nobody wants to get no-hit,” Seager said. “But it was the fourth inning and we were just trying to win the game. I don’t think anybody was thinking about a no-hitter. We were just trying to get runners on base and score runs and win.”
Besides Seager’s hit, the Mariners reached…