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M's nip struggling Rays behind two HRs by leadoff man Miller

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mariners rookie leadoff hitter Brad Miller put on an impressive power display for his hometown fans.

Miller homered twice to help Seattle send the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Around 50 family members and friends were present to see Miller, who is from the Orlando, Fla. area, play for the first time at Tropicana Field.

"It was awesome," Miller said. "Before the game, getting to see, like, every coach I've ever had since I was 5, and my best friend, my parents. And then to go out there and get things going and finish it off with a win, that was perfect. That was a lot of fun."

Miller has four home runs this season, which have come in a pair of two-homer games. He connected for his first two big league homers on July 19 at Houston.

"You could hear them, a lot of Miller fans up there," acting Seattle manager Robby Thompson said.

Tampa Bay also got two homers from its leadoff hitter, Ben Zobrist.

According to the Rays, it is just the third time since 1916, when records are available, that both leadoff hitters had multihomer games. The others were June 5, 1994 (Minnesota's Chuck Knoblauch and Tony Phillips of Detroit) and July 8, 1965 (Houston's Joe Morgan and Felipe Alou of the Milwaukee Braves).

After Justin Smoak ended Chris Archer's night with a leadoff single in the sixth, Dustin Ackley gave Seattle a 5-4 lead on a triple off Wesley Wright.

"That was a big turning point, especially with our bullpen," Ackley said.

Zobrist got the Rays even at 4 on his second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the fifth against Erasmo Ramirez (4-0), who allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Mariners bullpen allowed one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

Smoak had a two-run single through a defensive shift as the Mariners went ahead 3-2 in the fourth.

"That's what happens when you're losing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "You get plays like that going in their favor against us. When you talk about good baseball luck and bad baseball luck, it really exists and right now we're getting some very bad baseball luck."

Miller's second homer of the game, a fifth-inning shot, made it 4-2. According to STATS, Miller is the third player in the divisional era (1969) to record his first four homers on two, two-homer games, joining Toronto's J.P Arencibia (2010-11) and Carlos May (1969) of the Chicago White Sox.

Archer (6-5), who left his previous start last Wednesday at Arizona after 1 2/3 innings due to right forearm tightness, gave up five runs and nine hits over five-plus innings.

"Honestly, I'll take full responsibility for that loss, because if I execute a couple pitches in a couple of key situations, those are the games that we win," Archer said. "We score four runs, we win because we have good pitching."

Miller opened the game with his first leadoff homer and the Mariners' eighth this season, which extended the team record.

Zobrist tied it at 1 in the bottom of the first on his first career leadoff homer and 100th overall in the majors. The Rays took a 2-1 lead later in the inning on James Loney's RBI single.

It was the first major-league game since Aug. 31, 2011, when St. Louis' Rafael Furcal and Milwaukee's Corey Hart did it, where both teams hit leadoff home runs, according to STATS.

It last occurred in the AL on Aug. 17, 2006, in games between Baltimore (Brian Roberts) and New York (Johnny Damon), and Kansas City (David DeJesus) against Chicago (Pablo Ozuna).

Notes

Tampa Bay RHP Alex Cobb is expected to make his first big league start Thursday night since getting hit in the head by a liner on June 15. ... The Mariners plan to look at Ackley in center. "We're trying to see what we have out there with Ackley," Thompson said. ... Rays CF Desmond Jennings (broken left middle finger) could start dry swings with a bat in the next few days. ... Tampa Bay optioned RHP Josh Lueke to Triple-A Durham.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Seattle

B. Miller
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS5222001 .261
Nick Franklin, 2B5000021 .242
Kyle Seager, 3B4000030 .287
Kendrys Morales, DH4010111 .292
Raul Ibanez, LF3120111 .250
Michael Morse, RF4120024 .243
Justin Smoak, 1B4122013 .273
Dustin Ackley, CF4031001 .233
Humberto Quintero, C4000014 .250
Totals375125211  
Batting
2B - Kendrys Morales (29, Archer), Michael Morse (13, Archer)
3B - Dustin Ackley (1, Wright)
HR - Brad Miller 2 (4, Archer)
RBI - Brad Miller 2 (20), Justin Smoak 2 (33), Dustin Ackley (18)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak 2 (18)
Team LOB - 8
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erasmo Ramirez (W,4-0) 5.1744172 7.06
Oliver Perez (H,7) 1100120 3.02
Yoervis Medina (H,10) 1.2000210 2.59
Danny Farquhar (S,5) 1000020 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - Erasmo Ramirez 86-61, Oliver Perez 21-12, Yoervis Medina 24-13, Danny Farquhar 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erasmo Ramirez 4-5, Yoervis Medina 3-1
Batters Faced - Erasmo Ramirez 24, Oliver Perez 5, Yoervis Medina 7, Danny Farquhar 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Zobrist, 2B5223010 .277
Matt Joyce, RF4110110 .244
Evan Longoria, 3B4010110 .264
Wil Myers, CF4000023 .318
James Loney, 1B4011012 .311
Yunel Escobar, SS3010112 .257
Luke Scott, DH3010113 .251
Jose Lobaton, C3000023 .244
   a-Sam Fuld, PH-LF1000000 .208
Kelly Johnson, LF4110023 .253
Totals35484412  
a-grounded out for Lobaton in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ben Zobrist 2 (9, Ramirez)
RBI - Ben Zobrist 3 (57), James Loney (54)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Loney-Escobar, Loney-Escobar-Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (L,6-5) 5955152 3.10
Wesley Wright 1100020 3.83
Joel Peralta 1100120 3.10
Jake McGee 1100000 4.43
Fernando Rodney 1000020 4.15
WP - Chris Archer (7)
HBP - Seager (by Chris Archer)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 91-62, Wesley Wright 22-14, Joel Peralta 27-18, Jake McGee 13-10, Fernando Rodney 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 5-4, Wesley Wright 1-0, Joel Peralta 1-0, Jake McGee 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 25, Wesley Wright 4, Joel Peralta 5, Jake McGee 3, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13294
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Marty Foster