Tampa Bay at Seattle

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Seattle (64-77) «10210002x681

Mariners 6, Rays 4

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SEATTLE -- Justin Smoak doubled in a pair of runs off Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Rays on Friday night.

The Rays' lead was cut to two games over the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles in the race for the second wild-card berth in the American League.

After tying the game in the top of the eighth, the Rays couldn't keep the Mariners from going ahead.

Kyle Seager hit a fly ball off Peralta (2-6) deep into the gap in left-center.

Though center fielder Desmond Jennings got in position for the play, the ball caromed off the heel of his glove and fell to the turf allowing Seager to reach second base on the error.

Kendrys Morales walked before Smoak's fly down the right field line just missed the glove of a diving Wil Myers. Seager and pinch runner Abraham Almonte scored to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead.

Carter Capps (3-3) picked up the victory in relief.

Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.

Brad Miller doubled to lead off the game for Seattle and scored on a sacrifice fly by Seager to the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

The Rays tied it in the second inning. Delmon Young crushed a solo home run off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma to left-center field.

Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria each singled with two outs in the third inning and Matt Joyce drew a walk to load the bases.

A wild pitch allowed Zobrist to score from third to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead. Iwakuma managed to work out of the jam by getting Young to ground out to second to end the inning.

Seattle retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Franklin reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base.

Franklin Gutierrez singled up the middle past the outstretched gloves of Alex Cobb to drive in Franklin and tie it. Gutierrez added a stolen base to get into scoring position for Seager, who delivered an RBI single to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead.

Raul Ibanez hit his 27th home run off Cobb to lead off the fourth inning and extend the Mariners' lead.

Cobb allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for Tampa Bay. He struck out five and walked one.

The Rays closed the gap in the sixth inning. Young doubled and the Mariners elected to walk Myers to bring Jose Molina to the plate. Molina answered with a single that scored Young and chased Iwakuma from the game.

Iwakuma allowed three runs and eight hits with five strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings for Seattle.

A base running mistake cost the Rays a chance to take the lead in the eighth inning. James Loney drew a leadoff walk and Myers followed with a single.

Sean Rodriguez came on to pinch run for Loney, but was picked off by Capps at second. The mistake cost Tampa Bay a run as Luke Scott doubled to left-center field to score Myers from first.

Capps walked Jennings and Zobrist to load the bases, but induced a ground out from Longoria to get out of the jam and keep the game tied at 4-4.


Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the Rays rotation for their upcoming series with the Boston Red Sox will consist of David Price, Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson. Both Hellickson and Chris Archer will get an extra day of rest before their next start. Archer will start against Minnesota. ... Raul Ibanez is just the third player in major league history to hit at least 27 home runs in a season at 41 years of age or older. Only Ted Williams (29 home runs, 41 years old) and Barry Bonds (28 home runs, 42 years old) have hit more.

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Players of the Game

J. Smoak
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
Tampa Bay

D. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, CF4000120 .247
Ben Zobrist, 2B-SS4120100 .279
Evan Longoria, 3B4010104 .265
Matt Joyce, LF4010101 .247
Delmon Young, DH5221014 .267
James Loney, 1B3010101 .303
   Sean Rodriguez, PR-1B1010000 .246
Wil Myers, RF4110122 .286
Jose Molina, C3021010 .245
   a-David DeJesus, PH1000001 .251
Yunel Escobar, SS3000003 .263
   b-Luke Scott, PH1011000 .249
a-flied out for Molina in the 8th
b-doubled for Escobar in the 8th
2B - Delmon Young (14, Iwakuma), Luke Scott (13, Capps)
HR - Delmon Young (9, Iwakuma)
RBI - Delmon Young (32), Jose Molina (17), Luke Scott (40)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Molina (4), Luke Scott (11)
PK - Sean Rodriguez (2, Capps)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Escobar-Longoria-Loney
E - Desmond Jennings (4, Dropped fly)
Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb 6744151 2.99
Jake McGee 1000110 4.12
Joel Peralta (L,2-6) 1120120 2.85
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 92-58, Jake McGee 21-12, Joel Peralta 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 5-6, Jake McGee 1-1
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 24, Jake McGee 4, Joel Peralta 6
Seattle Mariners
Brad Miller, SS4120002 .260
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4121011 .253
Kyle Seager, 3B3112001 .283
Kendrys Morales, DH3000121 .278
   Abraham Almonte, PR-DH0100000 .227
Raul Ibanez, LF3111010 .257
   Michael Saunders, LF1000012 .233
Justin Smoak, 1B3012120 .252
Mike Zunino, C4000012 .228
Dustin Ackley, CF2010101 .257
Nick Franklin, 2B3100003 .217
2B - Brad Miller (10, Cobb), Justin Smoak (19, Peralta)
HR - Raul Ibanez (27, Cobb)
SF - Kyle Seager (5)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (16), Kyle Seager 2 (66), Raul Ibanez (62), Justin Smoak 2 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (1), Kyle Seager (20), Justin Smoak 2 (22)
SB - Franklin Gutierrez (2, 2nd base off Cobb/Molina), Nick Franklin (6, 2nd base off Cobb/Molina)
PK - Brad Miller (1, Cobb)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Miller-Franklin-Smoak
E - Franklin Gutierrez (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma 5.2833251 2.97
Yoervis Medina (H,17) 1.1100110 2.51
Oliver Perez 0000100 3.86
Carter Capps (W,3-3; BS,2) 1211200 5.23
Danny Farquhar (S,13) 1100000 4.28
IBB - Myers by Hisashi Iwakuma
WP - Hisashi Iwakuma (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 98-66, Yoervis Medina 29-17, Oliver Perez 5-1, Carter Capps 27-12, Danny Farquhar 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 8-3, Yoervis Medina 1-2, Carter Capps 1-1, Danny Farquhar 2-1
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 26, Yoervis Medina 6, Oliver Perez 1, Carter Capps 6, Danny Farquhar 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14796
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg