Seattle at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: M. Hendrickson (2-2) L: G. Meche (4-3)
S: D. Baez (7)
HR: SEA - None   TB - J. Phelps (5)

Devil Rays 5, Mariners 4

CBS wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are putting together a momentum-building homestand.

Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, the Devil Rays' fourth straight win.

The victories, all at home, followed a road trip where Tampa Bay lost eight of 10 and fell to 3-18 away from Tropicana Field. The Devil Rays, at 16-12, are off to their best start ever at home.

"It's great for morale," Phelps said. "You get a taste of success. That's what every club needs, especially around here where there hasn't been a whole lot of success in the past. If the young players can get a taste of that, and get an idea of how they accomplished it, and recreate it over and over."

Phelps' fourth homer in his last seven games put the Devil Rays ahead 5-2 in the seventh. He homered just once in his first 29 games this season.

Jorge Cantu and Alex Sanchez had run-scoring singles during a two-run fifth for the Devil Rays.

Tampa Bay starter Mark Hendrickson (2-2) gave up two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Raul Ibanez had a two-run double in the eighth for the Mariners, who have lost four straight overall and seven in a row on the road.

"It was a bad game ... it was a good game," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "It was one of those games where you didn't know whether to strangle people or kiss them."

Ibanez's double got Seattle within 5-4. He advanced to third on shortstop Julio Lugo's throwing error on the play, but was left stranded when Bret Boone flied out against closer Danys Baez.

"When things aren't going good, you don't get breaks," Boone said. "But I'm not going to sit here and make excuses. I believe that good teams make breaks. You've got to pull yourself out it and make your own breaks."

Baez went 1 1/3 innings for his seventh save in 10 opportunities.

"Another exciting game ... another tough game," Baez said. "We got the win. We've got four wins in a row. That's important for the team. We're playing great baseball right now and we're going to be better."

Boone put Seattle up 1-0 with a run-scoring grounder in the second. The Devil Rays tied it in the fourth on Carl Crawford's bases loaded sacrifice fly.

Mariners starter Gil Meche (4-3) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He struck out two and walked five in his 104-pitch outing.

Julio Mateo replaced Meche with runners on the corners and allowed a first-pitch run-scoring single to Cantu. Sanchez made it 3-1 with his RBI single.

Seattle scored just once -- on Richie Sexson's RBI single to pull within 3-2 -- despite getting four hits and a walk in the sixth. After Miguel Olivo and Ichiro Suzuki started the inning with singles, Randy Winn's hard liner to second was turned into a double play. Hendrickson was lifted after Adrian Beltre and Sexson singled, and Ibanez walked. Seth McClung entered and retired Boone on a bases loaded flyball.

"I left 52 people on base tonight," Boone said. "I'm not playing like I can play and that's very frustrating."

Travis Lee tripled off an overhanging catwalk approximately 155 feet above the playing surface to open the seventh. Phelps followed with his homer off Mateo, who allowed two runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings.


Suzuki went 1-for-5 in the teams' first meeting this year. He is hitting .291 (44-for-151) in his career against Tampa Bay. The outfielder led the majors with .372 batting average last season, but hit just .281 against the Devil Rays. ... Suzuki didn't run out a third-inning grounder to first because he thought it was a foul ball. A television replay showed the ball might have bounced up and hit the bat a second time, which would make it a foul ball. ... Devil Rays RF Aubrey Huff has gone 32 games and 113 at-bats without homering. He has two this season after hitting 29 in 2004. ... Boone went 0-for-4 and is hitless in 15 at-bats. ... The Mariners (18-29) are 1-10 when the opponent starts a left-hander.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Phelps
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

R. Sexson
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

Related Video

Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110000 .321
Randy Winn, LF4110112 .275
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010012 .239
Richie Sexson, 1B3221101 .245
Raul Ibanez, DH3012102 .275
Bret Boone, 2B4001004 .243
Jeremy Reed, CF3000110 .258
Willie Bloomquist, SS3010101 .211
Miguel Olivo, C3010020 .145
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000011 .172
a-struck out for Olivo in the 9th
2B - Randy Winn (13, Harper), Richie Sexson (8, Hendrickson), Raul Ibanez (12, Miller)
RBI - Richie Sexson (38), Raul Ibanez 2 (23), Bret Boone (23)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (17), Raul Ibanez 2 (12)
Team LOB - 7
E - Bret Boone (6, Wild throw)
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche (L,4-3) 4.1433520 5.09
Julio Mateo 1.2622011 2.45
Matt Thornton0100000 6.52
Jeff Nelson 0.2000010 3.00
Ron Villone 1.1000020 3.94
HBP - Phelps (by Gil Meche)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 105-60, Julio Mateo 33-22, Matt Thornton 1-1, Jeff Nelson 5-4, Ron Villone 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 4-7, Ron Villone 1-1
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 23, Julio Mateo 10, Matt Thornton 1, Jeff Nelson 2, Ron Villone 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4021003 .268
Julio Lugo, SS5000005 .271
Aubrey Huff, RF5000023 .241
    Damon Hollins, CF0000000 .333
Travis Lee, 1B2210310 .281
Josh Phelps, DH3222002 .288
Jorge Cantu, 3B4021003 .275
Alex Sanchez, CF-RF3121100 .351
Toby Hall, C4010013 .317
Nick Green, 2B3010122 .314
3B - Travis Lee (1, Mateo)
HR - Josh Phelps (5, Mateo)
SF - Carl Crawford (4)
RBI - Carl Crawford (27), Josh Phelps 2 (25), Jorge Cantu (21), Alex Sanchez (9)
SB - Travis Lee (2, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo)
CS - Alex Sanchez (3, 2nd base by Mateo/Olivo)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Aubrey Huff 1
DP - Green-Lugo, Lugo-Lee
E - Jorge Cantu (7, Misplayed grounder), Julio Lugo (8, Wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Mark Hendrickson (W,2-2) 5.2622230 4.32
Seth McClung (H,2) 0.1000100 10.57
Travis Harper (H,4) 1.2122110 6.18
Trever Miller0100000 3.65
Danys Baez (S,7) 1.1000120 2.28
WP - Mark Hendrickson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 92-54, Seth McClung 6-2, Travis Harper 22-13, Trever Miller 3-1, Danys Baez 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 10-2, Travis Harper 2-1, Danys Baez 1-2
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 23, Seth McClung 2, Travis Harper 6, Trever Miller 1, Danys Baez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 10130
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford