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Tampa Bay at Seattle

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Tampa Bay (62-87) «4010100006141
Seattle (78-69)000010001240

Devil Rays 6, Mariners 2

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SEATTLE -- Terse and upset, John McLaren smacked the podium leaving his postgame gathering, realizing that another chance to reclaim ground in the playoff chase was wasted.

Horacio Ramirez was at the root of McLaren's displeasure.

Ramirez lasted just four batters, matching the second-shortest start in Mariners' history, and Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir stymied the Seattle offense in the Devil Rays' 6-2 win Saturday night.

Seattle failed to take advantage of New York's 10-1 defeat to Boston and remained 5½ games back of the Yankees in the AL wild-card race, losing for the 16th time in its last 21 games.

Ramirez struggled from the outset, and McLaren never gave him a chance to correct his problems.

"We try and give our guys a chance to work their way out of it. We don't have that luxury anymore," McLaren said. "We're fighting an uphill battle here."

Asked what Ramirez's future would be in the rotation, McLaren became agitated.

"I'm not going there tonight. I'm emotionally upset. I'm not talking about anything else," he said, before quickly exiting.

While Ramirez couldn't get an out, Kazmir overpowered the Mariners for six dominant innings. The young lefty allowed just three hits, an unearned run, and struck out 11, his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the year. He struck out the side twice and improved to 4-0 in his last five starts.

"His fastball was exceptional. It was exploding right at the end," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I've never seen him throw that hard that consistently."

Kazmir has 220 strikeouts this season, tied with Minnesota's Johan Santana and one behind Baltimore's Eric Bedard for the major league lead. He also picked up his 35th career win, tying him with Victor Zambrano for most in Tampa Bay history.

"If I start thinking about strikeouts, I probably won't get out of the third," Kazmir said.

Carl Crawford, who missed the first two games of the series while serving a suspension for arguing with an umpire, and Jonny Gomes had four hits apiece for the Devil Rays, who took a 4-0 lead in the first and coasted.

Ramirez (8-7) may have made his last start for 2007. He gave up singles to Akinori Iwamura and Crawford to start, walked Carlos Pena on a full count, then gave up an RBI single to B.J. Upton.

Not wanting to let the game get out of hand at the start, McLaren yanked Ramirez after 20 pitches and brought in Jorge Campillo, who gave up a two-run bloop single to Delmon Young and an RBI single to Gomes before getting out of the inning.

Frank MacCormick had the shortest outing in Mariners' history, lasting just three batters on May 5, 1977, Seattle's inaugural season. John Montague faced just four batters on June 30, 1979.

Ramirez, who lost his third straight decision, lasted just 1 2/3 innings on Monday against Oakland and has just one win since Aug. 9. Seattle has lost his last five starts.

Ramirez was still stunned three hours after he was yanked.

"I gave up three singles and walked a guy," Ramirez said. "I was stunned when there was a runner on first and second and I turned around and saw somebody warming up."

Tampa Bay added another run in the third on doubles by Young and Gomes, and Brendan Harris hit his 12th homer of the season off a radio station advertisement in left field leading off the fifth. Tampa Bay outhit Seattle 14-4.

Seattle capitalized on an error by Pean to get its only run off Kazmir. Jose Vidro singled with one-out in the fifth, then Yuniesky Betancourt's dribbler to first bounced through Pena's legs and into right field, advancing Vidro to third. Vidro scored on Adam Jones' infield groundout.

Kazmir struck out the side in the fourth and again in the sixth, around a pair of walks. He got Kenji Johjima swinging on a 3-2 pitch with two on to end the sixth.

Raul Ibanez hit a ninth-inning homer off Juan Salas.

Notes

Crawford stole his 50th base in the second inning without a throw from Johjima. It's the fourth time in his career Crawford has reached 50 steals. He was caught stealing in the fourth for the 10th time. ... Kazmir is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA at Seattle.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

S. Kazmir
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 11
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4110102 .284
Carl Crawford, LF5140002 .315
Carlos Pena, 1B4100112 .274
B.J. Upton, CF4111112 .309
Delmon Young, RF5122001 .292
Brendan Harris, 2B4111012 .283
Jonny Gomes, DH4042000 .252
Dioner Navarro, C3010112 .227
Josh Wilson, SS4000025 .258
Totals37614646  
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (35, Campillo), Jonny Gomes 2 (17, Campillo, Feierabend)
HR - Brendan Harris (12, Feierabend)
RBI - B.J. Upton (81), Delmon Young 2 (83), Brendan Harris (58), Jonny Gomes 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (22)
SB - Carl Crawford (50, 2nd base off Campillo/Johjima), Jonny Gomes (11, 3rd base off Campillo/Johjima)
CS - Carl Crawford (10, 2nd base by Campillo/Johjima), Jonny Gomes (3, Home by Feierabend/Johjima)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Navarro-Harris
E - Carlos Pena (8, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,13-8) 63102110 3.54
Scott Dohmann 1000110 3.67
Gary Glover 1000000 5.25
Juan Salas 0.1111101 4.01
Al Reyes 0.2000010 4.85
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 99-67, Scott Dohmann 14-6, Gary Glover 11-8, Juan Salas 18-8, Al Reyes 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 4-3, Scott Dohmann 2-0, Gary Glover 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 23, Scott Dohmann 4, Gary Glover 3, Juan Salas 3, Al Reyes 2
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010011 .350
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000120 .279
Jose Guillen, RF4000031 .288
Raul Ibanez, DH3111110 .284
Kenji Johjima, C3000112 .286
Jose Vidro, 1B4110021 .318
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .287
Adam Jones, LF3011111 .283
Willie Bloomquist, 2B2000022 .272
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000001 .273
    Jose Lopez, 2B0000000 .259
Totals31242413  
a-grounded out for Bloomquist in the 7th
Batting
HR - Raul Ibanez (18, Salas)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (95), Adam Jones (4)
CS - Ichiro Suzuki (5, 2nd base by Kazmir/Navarro)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Campillo-Betancourt-Vidro, Johjima-Betancourt, Bloomquist-Betancourt-Vidro
Seattle Mariners
Horacio Ramirez (L,8-7)0344100 7.16
Jorge Campillo 4711220 2.25
Ryan Feierabend 1.1311101 6.80
Sean Green 1.2100020 3.77
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 3.93
Brandon Morrow 1000010 4.26
WP - Ryan Feierabend (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 20-13, Jorge Campillo 73-42, Ryan Feierabend 34-18, Sean Green 20-14, Eric O'Flaherty 18-15, Brandon Morrow 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 4-4, Ryan Feierabend 1-2, Sean Green 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Brandon Morrow 2-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 4, Jorge Campillo 19, Ryan Feierabend 7, Sean Green 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Brandon Morrow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33793
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Derryl Cousins