Seattle at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: K. Farnsworth (5-1) L: D. Cortes (0-2)
HR: SEA - C. Wells (10),W. Pena (6)   TB - J. Damon (11)

Rays' Damon loses GS, but his walk-off HR tops M's wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There was no doubt about where Johnny Damon's last drive landed.

Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted the Rays over the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Sunday.

"It feels good," Damon said. "It was a great team effort again."

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Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes (0-2), sending his 11th homer of the season into the right-field seats.

"The first pitch I was going to look to drive something," Damon said. "But after that I was going to think about bunting, maybe, and getting on base and set the table. Fortunately I hit it far enough."

The Rays trailed 5-4 in the seventh when Damon launched a deep fly to right-center field. It was first ruled a home run, but the umpires changed the call to a three-run double after two-minute, 45-second video review.

TV relays showed the reversal was correct and that the ball hit off the top of the wall.

"They were right on with that call," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Actually, we got the ball back and it had yellow paint on it."

Damon also came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but the inning ended when catcher Josh Bard chased down a pitch that went to the backstop and threw the ball to Cortes, who tagged out Matt Joyce attempting to score from third.

After blowing an early four-run lead, Seattle tied it at 7 during the eighth when Wily Mo Pena hit a long two-run homer to center off James Shields.

"We were in position to win two out of the three games here and ended up losing both late," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "We just have to keep plugging."

Kyle Farnsworth (5-1) pitched a perfect ninth as the Rays won for the 10th time in 12 games.

"I had a good feeling about it," Maddon said. "The resolve was there. The attitude was there. They were ready to roll."

Casper Wells also homered for the Mariners, who have lost five in a row. Mike Carp extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a third-inning double.

Shields gave up seven runs and 12 hits over 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander had given up just two runs in 24 innings over his previous three starts at home.

Seattle starter Michael Pineda allowed two earned runs and six hits in six innings. The rookie had five strikeouts, giving him 148 over 147 innings this season.

Wells hit a two-run shot, helping Seattle go up 3-0 in the first. He has five homers over his last seven games.

Bard made it 4-0 on second-inning RBI grounder.

Joyce and John Jaso each had RBI singles that got Tampa Bay within 4-2 during the second. Jaso also had a run-scoring grounder in the seventh.

Seattle took a 5-2 lead in the fourth when Franklin Gutierrez drove in a run with a single. The Rays got the run back on Ben Zobrist's sixth-inning sacrifice fly.


Tampa Bay RHP Jeff Niemann (8-4), who has won seven straight decisions, will face Detroit ace Justin Verlander (18-5) on Monday night. ... Seattle SS Brendan Ryan, who returned from a sprained left shoulder joint this weekend, is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday. ... Mariners INF Luis Rodriguez, hit in the right elbow by a pitch Saturday night, didn't play. ... Seattle LHP Jason Vargas (7-11) will pitch Monday against Cleveland RHP Fausto Carmona (6-12). ... The Rays gave kids 14 and under a superhero action figure of LHP David Price and his French bulldog, Astro. Before a pregame on-field photo shoot, Price had to chase down Astro, who ran up a walkway to the clubhouse level. "I guess every dog has its day," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Plus, it's a pretty cool dog."

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Johnny Damon celebrates with Rays teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Mariners. (Getty Images)
Johnny Damon celebrates with Rays teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Mariners. (Getty Images)

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5010012 .266
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5121012 .216
Dustin Ackley, 2B5120012 .287
Mike Carp, 1B4011011 .325
Casper Wells, LF4222002 .281
Adam Kennedy, 3B4000013 .235
Wily Mo Pena, DH4222022 .210
Kyle Seager, SS4120010 .224
Josh Bard, C3001120 .200
2B - Mike Carp (9, Shields)
HR - Casper Wells (10, Shields), Wily Mo Pena (6, Shields)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (14), Mike Carp (27), Casper Wells 2 (26), Wily Mo Pena 2 (9), Josh Bard (7)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (6), Casper Wells 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
E - Dustin Ackley (3, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Michael Pineda 6632050 3.73
Jamey Wright (H,15) 0.1144300 4.02
Jeff Gray (BS,3)0100100 3.96
Dan Cortes (L,0-2) 1.2211121 2.79
IBB - Longoria by Jeff Gray
HBP - Jennings (by Dan Cortes)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 94-64, Jamey Wright 19-6, Jeff Gray 9-2, Dan Cortes 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 3-9, Jamey Wright 1-0
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 23, Jamey Wright 5, Jeff Gray 2, Dan Cortes 8
Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, LF3220110 .320
Johnny Damon, DH5124001 .268
Evan Longoria, 3B3000121 .231
Ben Zobrist, 2B3111012 .288
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000014 .328
B.J. Upton, CF3100111 .227
Matt Joyce, RF3221110 .277
John Jaso, C4022001 .226
Reid Brignac, SS2000001 .186
   a- Sam Fuld, PH0100100 .242
    Sean Rodriguez, SS1010000 .214
a-walked for Brignac in the 7th
2B - Desmond Jennings (7, Pineda), Johnny Damon (22, Gray), Matt Joyce (24, Wright)
HR - Johnny Damon (11, Cortes)
SF - Ben Zobrist (4)
RBI - Johnny Damon 4 (56), Ben Zobrist (72), Matt Joyce (55), John Jaso 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (23), John Jaso (9)
SB - Johnny Damon (12, 2nd base off Pineda/Bard), Ben Zobrist (15, 2nd base off Pineda/Bard), Matt Joyce (11, 2nd base off Pineda/Bard)
CS - Desmond Jennings (4, 3rd base by Pineda/Bard), John Jaso (2, 2nd base by Pineda/Bard)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Zobrist-Kotchman-Brignac
E - James Shields (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields 7.11277172 3.05
Joel Peralta 0.2000010 3.40
Kyle Farnsworth (W,5-1) 1000020 1.84
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 110-71, Joel Peralta 12-11, Kyle Farnsworth 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-4, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 34, Joel Peralta 2, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17226
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt