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Rays drop M's for 7th straight win

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SEATTLE -- B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays to their season-high seventh consecutive win, 4-1 over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Cobb (7-8) allowed a run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth consecutive quality start and third consecutive win. His ERA is 1.93 over his last four outings.

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Fernando Rodney record his major league-leading 37th save in 38 tries by pitching a scoreless ninth that extended his club record to 22 consecutive saves.

The Rays have won 10 of their last 12.

Seattle's Blake Beavan (7-7) pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Beavan allowed all four runs on five hits in the third inning.

Upton's two-run shot to the upper deck in left field put Tampa ahead 3-0. His 13th homer was followed by a single from Matt Joyce and a double by Ben Zobrist to make it 4-0.

Sam Fuld singled and stole second before Desmond Jennings' single drove him in for Tampa Bay's first run.

Beavan allowed five consecutive hits during his 43-pitch third inning. He struck out Carlos Pena looking to end it. After three innings, Beavan had recorded nine outs and allowed seven hits.

Meanwhile, Cobb was cruising. Mixing a curveball with a low-90s fastball, he retired the first eight Mariners before Brendan Ryan lined a single up the middle in the third. Cobb quickly disposed of Dustin Ackley with a grounder to second to close the inning.

Eric Thames' single through the right side in the fifth scored Trayvon Robinson, who had led off with a triple, to make it 4-1. But Thames was picked off first base by catcher Jose Molina after a pitch in the dirt bounced straight up to him and Thames had taken a few steps toward second.

Chone Figgins walked, then Ryan and Ackley grounded out to end the inning.

Hard-throwing Mariners rookie reliever Carter Capps made his home debut in the seventh inning. Capps walked three and struck out one.

Zobrist had three hits and Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will continue to play shortstop, where he started Monday.

Notes

Seattle C John Jaso has reached base safely in a career-high 10 consecutive games. ... Seattle OF Franklin Gutierrez changed his medication in hopes that it reduces his headaches. Gutierrez exercised Monday and is scheduled to perform baseball activities Tuesday. He has been on the 15-day DL since June 29 because of a concussion.. Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria received a day off Monday. Maddon said nothing is wrong with Longoria, and he is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.. Joyce extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with his third-inning single.

 
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B.J. Upton drives in two runs with his homer against the M's to bring his total up to nine RBI in his last six games. (Getty Images)
B.J. Upton drives in two runs with his homer against the M's to bring his total up to nine RBI in his last six games. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

K. Seager
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4121111 .249
B.J. Upton, DH5112033 .242
Matt Joyce, RF4110000 .275
Ben Zobrist, SS-2B4031000 .261
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4000003 .318
    Elliot Johnson, SS0000000 .247
Carlos Pena, 1B3010111 .194
Ryan Roberts, 2B-3B3000113 .242
Jose Molina, C3010110 .200
Sam Fuld, CF4110011 .282
Totals34410448  
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (28, Beavan)
HR - B.J. Upton (13, Beavan)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (34), B.J. Upton 2 (48), Ben Zobrist (44)
SB - Jose Molina (2, 2nd base off Kelley/Montero), Sam Fuld 2 (3, 2nd base off Beavan/Montero, 2nd base off Capps/Montero)
CS - Desmond Jennings (2, 2nd base by Beavan/Montero), Ryan Roberts (6, 2nd base by Capps/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Alex Cobb (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb (W,7-8) 7411250 4.08
Joel Peralta (H,28) 1000030 3.49
Fernando Rodney (S,37) 1100020 0.82
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 91-59, Joel Peralta 18-12, Fernando Rodney 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 11-4, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 26, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 4
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, 1B4000012 .220
Michael Saunders, CF4000020 .240
Kyle Seager, 2B4020000 .249
John Jaso, DH3000112 .286
Jesus Montero, C4000012 .269
Trayvon Robinson, LF4110021 .243
Eric Thames, RF3011010 .237
Chone Figgins, 3B2000110 .186
Brendan Ryan, SS3010010 .200
Totals31151210  
Batting
3B - Trayvon Robinson (1, Cobb)
RBI - Eric Thames (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Ryan-Ackley
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Beavan (L,7-7) 6844041 5.17
Carter Capps 1000310 5.40
Lucas Luetge 0.2100100 2.59
Shawn Kelley 1.1100030 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 97-63, Carter Capps 26-11, Lucas Luetge 14-7, Shawn Kelley 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 9-3, Carter Capps 1-0, Lucas Luetge 1-1, Shawn Kelley 1-0
Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 24, Carter Capps 5, Lucas Luetge 4, Shawn Kelley 5
Game Information
Attendance - 16205
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West