BALTIMORE -- Lucas Luetge has been one of the Mariners' best stories -- and best relievers -- all season long. But every baseball season has a rough patch somewhere. It's an inevitable part of the game. And Luetge had his first real rugged outing in Tuesday's 8-7, 14-inning loss to the Orioles.
Luetge gave up his first home run of the season and it was a three-run bomb by shortstop J.J. Hardy that tied the game at 7 in the seventh inning and ultimately sent the contest into extra innings after the Mariners had blown a 7-2 lead.
Luetge, 25, took the low much the way he's accepted the highs of this season after making the club as a Rule-5 rookie who'd never pitched above Double-A ball in his time with the Brewers.
"It happened," he said. "I made a mistake and he hit it. That's part of it."
Luetge, who is 1-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 46 appearances, replaced Blake Beavan with a runner on second and a 7-3 lead. His first batter, Omar Quintanilla, singled home Beavan's run with a ground ball that deflected off the glove of a diving Dustin Ackley at second.
Then Nick Markakis singled on a lazy pop fly just over the glove of shortstop Munenori Kawasaki in short left field. His one bad pitch: Leaving a fastball up over the plate that Hardy scorched for the tying home run.
"It was one of those outings where it looks bad on paper," Luetge said. "I made one big mistake and the guy hit it. The other hits, they're going to happen. I'm not OK with giving them up, but there's nothing you can do about it. I made my pitches to both those guys. It's a game of inches. An inch closer to Ackley and he makes the play and it's a whole different game."
Ryan expects to return Friday after injuring elbow
BALTIMORE -- Brendan Ryan missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday since having his left elbow bruised by a Hideki Kuroda fastball, but the Mariners figure to have their starting shortstop back when the team opens its next series in Anaheim.
"I fully expect Ryno to be back on Friday," manager Eric Wedge said prior to Wednesday's series finale against the Orioles. "He's doing more. He took some ground balls yesterday and we'll see how he feels today. He just has a lot of inflammation and swelling."
Ryan, 30, did some running and fielding before Wednesday's game, but can't bend the elbow enough to swing a bat.
"It's better every day, more range of motion," Ryan said. "It's just not [healing] as quickly as we thought. There' still a lot of fluid in there. It's not that I can't tolerate it, it's just that I bend my arm to a certain point and it's like hitting a wall. I can't go past a certain point.
"So I can't put the team at risk or just go up there and be an automatic out, like I felt the whole entire first half. I think they'd catch the drift if I was bunting with two strikes."
With an off-day to travel on Thursday to Anaheim, Ryan figures the extra time should help as he continues treatment.
Wedge puts umpire issue behind him
BALTIMORE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said his unhappiness with the controversial call on Mike Carp pulling his foot from the bag in the 14th inning of Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Orioles was behind him by the time he awoke Wednesday.
Wedge expressed his displeasure with umpire Brian Knight's call postgame after he'd been ejected for the first time this season, but said his son put it all in perspective later.
"Cash wanted to know why the umpire had put me in a timeout," Wedge said with a laugh.
But the skipper said he didn't stay up watching replays or anything of the sort.
"I put it to bed when I go to bed," he said. "It's just one of those things. Hey, we've got to come out here tonight and win a ballgame, that's the way I look at it. You can't turn back the clock."
The Mariners had another close play Tuesday when Miguel Olivo was called out at the plate in the sixth inning trying to score from second on an RBI single by Dustin Ackley that would have provided another big run.
"I guess depending who you talk to, he didn't tag him," Wedge said. "We couldn't really see it from the dugout. That sweep tag is a tough call there. Those sweep tags are hit or miss. But yeah, we had a tough day yesterday in that regard."
Kelley unavailable after Tuesday's long game
BALTIMORE -- The one residual of Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Orioles was that right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley was unavailable for Wednesday's game after throwing 2 1/3 innings before Baltimore scored the winning run off him in a game where the two teams used 13 pitchers combined.
The 2 1/3 innings matched Kelley's longest stint of his career and his 38 pitches were the most he's thrown since a 43-pitch outing in a two-inning appearance as a rookie in 2009 against the A's.
"I'm fine, but it's a little sore," Kelley said as he prepared to go for some treatment on his arm before Wednesday's series finale. "We were getting thin, so I was going to do whatever I could to get us through three, if I could."
Manager Eric Wedge said rookie Carter Capps would have come in next had the game gone another inning, with closer Tom Wilhelmsen being held in reserve for if the Mariners could take the lead in the game on the road.
• Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush gave up two hits -- including a home run -- and two runs in his third rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday as he works his way back from a strained bicep. Furbush will likely get at least one more rehab stint with the Rainiers while the Mariners are on the road this weekend in Anaheim.
• Hector Noesi allowed six hits and three runs over seven innings in Tacoma's 5-3 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday, with his record falling to 0-4 with a 7.24 ERA in six starts since being optioned to Triple-A.
• Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Orioles snapped the Mariners' 21-game win streak when they'd totaled 15 or more hits. The Mariners had 18 hits in the 14-inning defeat, their first loss with 15 or more hits since May 31, 2009 at Anaheim.
• Due to conflicts with Seahawks football coverage, six Mariners games -- including this Sunday's contest from Anaheim -- will be broadcast on KTTH 770-AM instead of 710 ESPN Seattle. The other five games are Aug. 18 and 24 and Sept. 9, 16 and 30.