Castillo bounced back from his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels, when he allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs over six innings on Aug. 4.
“I’m a person that likes to just have a lot of confidence in what I do,” Castillo said. “I think today a lot of the confidence (was) behind those pitches that I was able to throw. You know, even when I was behind, I just had the same confidence and I was able to get the results that we had.”
Raleigh gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the first. After Santander put the Orioles on the board, Seattle broke open the game in the fourth.
José Caballero made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly, Josh Rojas had an RBI single and Rodríguez clubbed his 19th homer.
France added a solo shot in the fifth, and Rodríguez drove in Rojas in the sixth with an RBI double.
“Certainly we’re different when Julio is rolling, that’s obvious,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “But the number of guys contributing right now on a nightly basis, makes our lineup a little bit more daunting for the other club when they look at it.”
Taylor Saucedo and Ryder Ryan each pitched one scoreless inning, and Trent Thornton allowed a run in the ninth. Ryan’s outing marked his major league debut.
Mariners pitchers struck out 13 hitters.
NO FLY ZONE
Rodríguez nearly led off the first inning with a double, but Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins ran down the ball and celebrated by crossing his arms, imitating Rodríguez’s signature “No Fly Zone” celebration. Rodríguez pointed to Mullins and smiled in response.
“He’s a really, really good center fielder,” Rodríguez said. “I love Cedric Mullins, the way that he plays and everything. I knew I hit the ball hard, but at the same time, I’ve got to respect his defense, and he threw the No Fly Zone there. It was fun.”
Orioles: Baltimore activated Mullins from the 10-day injured list and optioned OF Ryan McKenna to Triple-A Norfolk. Mullins had been out since July 15 with a right groin strain. The team also optioned RHP Joey Krehbiel to Norfolk and recalled LHP Nick Vespi.
Mariners: Placed SS J.P. Crawford on the seven-day concussion IL and recalled INF Sam Haggerty from Triple-A Tacoma. The move was retroactive to Thursday. Crawford collided with third baseman Eugenio Suárez as both went for a groundball in the fourth inning of Seattle’s victory against San Diego on Wednesday. Crawford was shaken up and remained in after discussions with athletic trainers and manger Scott Servais, but was lifted later in the game after feeling the effects of the collision. Servais said Crawford has been feeling better the past couple of days.
Orioles: LHP Cole Irvin (1-3, 5.44 ERA) makes his first start Saturday since July 7.
Mariners: RHP George Kirby (10-8, 3.32) went seven innings against the Angels last time out, allowing three hits and one earned run.