Tampa Bay at Seattle

Tampa Bay
W: R. Rowland-Smith (1-0) L: D. Wheeler (1-8)
S: J. Putz (38)
HR: TB - G. Norton (4)   SEA - None

Devil Rays blow another lead; Mariners score five in 8th to win

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SEATTLE -- It took the Seattle Mariners a long time to get angry -- maybe too long. But they finally did.

Adrian Beltre's go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning capped a five-run rally, and Seattle beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-7 on Thursday night.

Yuniesky Betancourt tied the score with a two-run double off Dan Wheeler (0-4) and the Mariners came back from a six-run deficit to win for only fourth time in 19 games. They moved with 5½ games of the New York Yankees, who lead the AL wild-card race.

"These guys got mad. We got behind 5-0 and they got mad," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "I could hear them: 'Let's go.' I think it's the strong guys we have that push everybody. They won't let anybody quit. You could hear them at the end of the bench."

Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and two RBI for Seattle. Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-0) struck out five straight batters and worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory -- and a beer shower from his teammates. J.J. Putz tossed a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 40 chances.

The Mariners had to overcome a poor start by Jeff Weaver for their 41st comeback victory. He gave up five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings, his second-shortest outing this season.

"It's hard to explain," McLaren said. "He seemed to be throwing the ball good in the first. I don't know what happened in the second."

Devil Rays rookie Jason Hammel, who grew up 20 miles from Seattle, allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none, but Tampa Bay's shaky bullpen failed to hold a 7-1 lead.

"The guys on the field today did a great job. We got plenty of runs to win tonight, plenty of runs, and we should have won," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Betancourt hit an RBI double in the seventh off Grant Balfour, and Suzuki's run-scoring single cut it to 7-3 before Beltre grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.

Raul Ibanez and Jose Guillen walked to start the eighth against Scott Dohmann. Wheeler entered and gave up a single to Ben Broussard that loaded the bases. Jose Vidro grounded into a run-scoring double play, but Kenji Johjima hit an RBI single and went to second on a single by pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed.

Betancourt's two-run double to left tied it. Betancourt also had a big hit Wednesday night, a ninth-inning single that gave Seattle a 6-5 victory against Oakland. He said that game-winner "really helped in terms of confidence."

"I go up there like the score is 0-0. That way you don't put any added pressure on yourself. You're always playing as if the game is tied, not like you're down by five," Betancourt said.

Suzuki was intentionally walked and Beltre's single put Seattle ahead. Previously, the largest deficit the Mariners had overcome to win this year was five runs in a 15-11 victory against the Yankees on May 4.

"It was much better than the long nights we've had in recent weeks," Vidro said. "For some reason, we feel relaxed. A couple days ago that would have closed out to nothing. But this ballclub, it seems, we're giving the last push. And right at the right time. It's great to see."

The Devil Rays, who have a 6.30 bullpen ERA, held an 8-1 lead Tuesday night against Boston before losing 16-10. They also lost Wednesday night at Fenway Park on David Ortiz's game-ending home run.

"We put ourselves into position with every one of these games and should have, absolutely should have, won all of these games," Maddon said. "That's the frustrating part."

Greg Norton had a home run and three RBI for the Devil Rays, who drew three bases-loaded walks in a four-run second. Brendan Harris had an RBI single.


  • It was the fourth start this season that Weaver lasted three innings or fewer.
  • Hammel has a 2.13 ERA in three September starts. His six innings matched a career high.
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Jeremy Reed slides past Raul Casanova to score the tying run during Seattle's eighth-inning rally.  (AP)
Jeremy Reed slides past Raul Casanova to score the tying run during Seattle's eighth-inning rally. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

G. Norton
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

Y. Betancourt
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brendan Harris, 2B5211012 .283
Greg Norton, DH3113200 .222
Carlos Pena, 1B3111210 .279
B.J. Upton, CF3022101 .312
Delmon Young, RF4000022 .293
Jonny Gomes, LF4000020 .241
Raul Casanova, C4110010 .250
Joel Guzman, 3B4120010 .313
Jorge Velandia, SS4120010 .500
2B - Carlos Pena (29, Weaver), Joel Guzman (1, S. White), Jorge Velandia (1, S. White)
HR - Greg Norton (4, S. White)
RBI - Brendan Harris (57), Greg Norton 3 (20), Carlos Pena (111), B.J. Upton 2 (80)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Norton 2 (6), B.J. Upton (26)
SB - B.J. Upton (17, 2nd base off Weaver/Johjima)
CS - B.J. Upton (8, 2nd base by Rowland-Smith/Johjima), Jonny Gomes (2, 2nd base by S. White/Johjima)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Velandia-Harris-Pena, Harris-Pena
PB - Raul Casanova (4)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jason Hammel 6511060 6.13
Grant Balfour 0.1222210 7.71
Scott Dohmann (H,4) 0.2022200 3.81
Dan Wheeler (BS,6; L,1-8) 1533110 5.50
IBB - Suzuki by Dan Wheeler
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 97-62, Grant Balfour 20-10, Scott Dohmann 15-6, Dan Wheeler 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 5-7, Scott Dohmann 1-0, Dan Wheeler 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 23, Grant Balfour 5, Scott Dohmann 3, Dan Wheeler 8
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4032110 .351
Adrian Beltre, 3B5011002 .281
Raul Ibanez, LF4110123 .283
    Jamie Burke, C0000000 .316
Jose Guillen, RF3110120 .290
Ben Broussard, 1B4010012 .286
Jose Vidro, DH3100100 .317
Kenji Johjima, C4121021 .287
    Jose Lopez, PR-2B0100000 .259
Willie Bloomquist, 2B2100101 .280
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1110000 .300
    Adam Jones, LF0000000 .279
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4123001 .291
a-singled for Bloomquist in the 8th
2B - Kenji Johjima (28, Hammel), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (37, Balfour, Wheeler)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (62), Adrian Beltre (92), Kenji Johjima (59), Yuniesky Betancourt 3 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (33), Adrian Beltre (40), Kenji Johjima (19), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (23)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Beltre-Johjima-Broussard, Bloomquist-Betancourt-Broussard
E - Willie Bloomquist (5, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jeff Weaver 1.1655210 6.34
Sean White 4.1322321 6.32
Ryan Rowland-Smith (W,1-0) 2.1100050 4.05
J.J. Putz (S,38) 1000010 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 45-25, Sean White 55-29, Ryan Rowland-Smith 30-21, J.J. Putz 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 2-1, Sean White 8-1, Ryan Rowland-Smith 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 12, Sean White 17, Ryan Rowland-Smith 7, J.J. Putz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23991
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi