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Wigginton wins it for Devil Rays in ninth; Mariners continue road woes

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A canceled flight kept Ty Wigginton out of the starting lineup. His arrival about 45-minutes before game time proved pivotial for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Wigginton's game-winning pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Devil Rays a 2-1 victory over Seattle on Friday night and handed the Mariners their 12th straight road loss.

"It worked out all right," Wigginton said. "The first swing in two days and it came through for me."

Dioner Navarro drew a two-out walk in the ninth off George Sherrill (2-3). Navarro went to third on Jorge Cantu's double against reliever Jon Huber.

Wigginton, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing a month with a broken bone in his left hand, singled to left off Eric O'Flaherty. He had been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham, and spent over five hours earlier Friday at a North Carolina airport waiting for a flight.

"We got Wiggy on an airplane just in time," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.

The Mariners team record for consecutive road losses is 15, set June 22-July 28, 2004. Seattle won seven of nine during a just completed homestand following an 0-11 road trip.

"We just couldn't generate any offense," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "We certainly pitched well enough to win."

Seth McClung (5-12) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. The Devil Rays are 15-31 since the All-Star break.

Kenji Johjima put the Mariners ahead 1-0 on a second-inning homer. It was his 14th homer of the season.

Gil Meche, who was 0-4 in last eight starts, pitched eight strong innings. He gave up one run and three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

"I've been feeling really good," Meche said. "My wrist is still kind of sore. Not so much at the beginning. It just gets a little fatigued as the game goes on."

Meche retired his first nine batters before Rocco Baldelli started the fourth with a single to center. He then tied the game an inning later with an RBI single.

Tampa Bay starter James Shields allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Devil Rays rookie right fielder Delmon Young, who made his major league debut Tuesday, played at home for the first time. The first player selected in the 2003 amateur draft, Young served a 50-game suspension this season after throwing a bat at an umpire during a minor league game.

There were only a handful of boos when Young, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, was announced before batting in the first. He made a good first impression in the top of the first when he threw out Ichiro Suzuki at third base when the Mariners' lead-off hitter tried to advance two bases on a single by Chris Snelling.

"I thought if I were playing right field, it's a ball that I can make an out on," Suzuki said through translator. "I knew a good throw would have to be made for me to be out."

Young said the play is "just part of playing right field."

"You hope to make a good throw," he said.

Notes

  • Devil Rays LHP Casey Fossum is expected to miss the rest of the season with a left shoulder injury. RHP Brian Stokes was recalled from Triple-A Durham to start Sunday's game in place of Fossum.
  • The Devil Rays also recalled RHP Edwin Jackson from Durham.
  • Hargrove said RHP Felix Hernandez will skip two starts in September to keep the 20-year old under 200 innings for the year.
  • Maddon planned to talk with injured LHP Scott Kazmir (left shoulder inflammation), who used his throwing arm to play ping pong with 1B Travis Lee before batting practice. It hasn't been decided if Kazmir will pitch again this season.
  • Seattle recalled RHP Emiliano Fruto from Triple-A Tacoma.
 
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Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli watches his RBI single off Gil Meche in the fifth. Baldelli finishes 2-for-4.  (AP)
Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli watches his RBI single off Gil Meche in the fifth. Baldelli finishes 2-for-4. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

R. Baldelli
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

G. Meche
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010001
Chris Snelling, RF4010002
Adrian Beltre, 3B4000021
Raul Ibanez, LF4000021
Richie Sexson, 1B3000100
Ben Broussard, DH3000110
Kenji Johjima, C4111003
Jose Lopez, 2B3010010
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010002
Totals321512610 
Batting
HR - Kenji Johjima (, Shields)
RBI - Kenji Johjima ()
2-OUT RBI - Kenji Johjima ()
Team LOB - 6
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche 8311180
George Sherrill (L,-) 0.2011110
Jon Huber0100000
Eric O'Flaherty0100000
HBP - Norton (by Gil Meche)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 111-73, George Sherrill 15-9, Jon Huber 3-2, Eric O'Flaherty 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 9-7
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 29, George Sherrill 3, Jon Huber 1, Eric O'Flaherty 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF4021000
Delmon Young, RF4000023
Carl Crawford, LF4000021
Greg Norton, DH3000000
Dioner Navarro, C3000112
    Josh Paul, PR0100000
Jorge Cantu, 2B4010020
Kevin Witt, 1B3000020
    Travis Lee, 1B0000000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1011000
B.J. Upton, 3B3110000
Ben Zobrist, SS2000100
Totals31252296 
a-singled for Lee in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Rocco Baldelli (), Ty Wigginton ()
2-OUT RBI - Rocco Baldelli (), Ty Wigginton ()
SB - Rocco Baldelli (, 2nd base off Meche/Johjima), B.J. Upton (, 2nd base off Meche/Johjima)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
DP - Upton
E - B.J. Upton (, ), Kevin Witt (, )
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields 7511151
Dan Miceli 1000000
Seth McClung (W,-) 1000110
WP - James Shields ()
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 94-59, Dan Miceli 15-9, Seth McClung 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-8, Dan Miceli 1-2, Seth McClung 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, Dan Miceli 3, Seth McClung 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11196
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Andy Fletcher