Murphy, Nola lead Mariners to 9-3 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Brendan McKay couldn't provide a lift for a depleted Tampa Bay rotation and was headed back to the minors after his latest start.

Tom Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs, Austin Nola also went deep and had three RBIs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Rays 9-3 on Monday night.

McKay (2-3) allowed seven runs, three hits and three walks over two innings. The lefty was coming off an outing last Tuesday at San Diego where he gave up four runs, five hits and six walks in four innings.

About an hour after the game, the Rays announced the two-way player had been optioned to Triple-A Durham.

''Certainly his last two outings, a little bit of a rut,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said before McKay's demotion. ''That happens. Brendan is going to be a really good pitcher. He's got to work through some stuff right now.''

McKay has given up three or more runs in five straight starts after allowing three runs combined over his first three outings.

''Falling behind a lot early,'' McKay said. ''It's a lot easier for hitters to hit when they're able to be more aggressive and free. Then just making a couple quality pitches and not getting the results you want in outs or strikes. It kind of weighs on you mentally, and frustrates you and things can snowball from there.''

The Rays' rotation is without AL Cy Award winner Blake Snell (left elbow), Tyler Glasnow (right forearm strain) and Yonny Chirinos (right middle finger inflammation) until at least sometime in September.

''You don't replace those guys,'' Cash said. ''So, we're trying to piece it together and we're asking to get a lot of pitches out of some young guys. It's challenging.''

Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows homered for Tampa Bay, which is 2-2 on a six-game homestand against Detroit and Seattle. The Rays had their lead over Oakland for the second AL wild card cut to one game.

Tampa Bay dropped to 33-30 at home, which matched the total number of losses at Tropicana Field (51-30) all of last season.

Murphy, who had three hits and a walk, hit a three-run drive in the first inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. He has 15 homers in 52 games.

''He's making it look easy,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''He's on some kind of a hot streak. If he hits a third one, I'm going to do a cartwheel in the dugout, he's going that good.''

Nola had a two-run homer during a four-run second off McKay and had an RBI single in the fourth.

Marco Gonzales (13-10) went five innings, giving up three runs and five hits to get the win.

The Rays used five relievers before turning to infielder Mike Brosseau, who worked a perfect ninth.

Murphy's homer in the first was set up by consecutive one-out walks to J.P Crawford and Nola.

''Any time you can take advantage of walks as a team, that's a huge thing for us,'' Murphy said. ''That's why walks are so deadly for teams.''

Crawford had an RBI single and Nola hit a two-run shot in the second that helped put the Mariners up 7-1.

Pham got his third homer in five games leading off the first. Meadows had a two-run drive in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (right shoulder stiffness) made what could be final rehab start Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma. He gave up one run and four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in three innings. ... OF Mitch Haniger (ruptured testicle) could be back during a six-game homestand that starts Friday.

Rays: Glasnow had his first bullpen session and could throw BP next week. ... Snell is playing catch. ... INFs Brandon Lowe (right shin bone bruise) and Joey Wendle (right wrist inflammation) will join Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.

BACK OUT THERE

Mariners RF Mallex Smith started after being out of lineup the previous two games. Smith was thrown out at second base Friday trying to stretch a single into a double, one of multiple baserunning errors recently by Seattle.

SCARY MOMENT

Mariners CF Keon Broxton had a fastball by Diego Castillo go off the bill of his helmet in the eighth inning. He was fine afterwards.

UP NEXT

Mariners LHP Tommy Milone (2-7) will follow an opener Tuesday night. Rays LHP Jalen Beeks (5-2) is expected to start or also follow an opener.

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SEA53-73
340110000990
TB73-53
100020000362
  • W: M. Gonzales (13-10)L: B. McKay (2-3)
  • HR: SEA - A. Nola (7), T. Murphy 2 (15), TB - T. Pham (19), A. Meadows (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Lopes LF51000023.250.326.350.6762.0
J. Crawford SS42210100.242.325.395.7206.0
A. Nola 1B42231100.320.370.560.93011.0
K. Seager 3B50100014.241.310.475.7850.5
T. Murphy C32342100.296.328.609.93716.0
D. Vogelbach DH40000022.222.351.479.830-1.0
M. Smith RF41000021.235.302.350.6520.0
K. Broxton CF20000121.179.248.295.5421.0
D. Gordon 2B41100002.277.305.365.6702.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Pham LF42111111.268.370.459.8297.5
    A. Meadows RF41221011.277.349.519.8687.5
    T. d'Arnaud C30100102.245.318.446.7643.0
    J. Choi 1B30000022.257.353.413.7660.0
    J. Aguilar DH40100003.241.332.376.7081.0
    M. Duffy 3B00000000.260.329.312.6410.0
    E. Sogard 2B40100001.305.370.497.8671.0
    W. Adames SS40000002.243.307.400.7070.0
    K. Kiermaier CF40000021.241.282.419.701-1.0
    M. Brosseau 3B-P30000121.277.319.464.7840.0
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Nola (7), T. Murphy 2 (15)
      • RBI - J. Crawford (39), A. Nola 3 (16), T. Murphy 4 (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford (13), A. Nola 2 (6), T. Murphy 3 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Lopes, D. Vogelbach, K. Broxton
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. d'Arnaud (11)
      • HR - T. Pham (19), A. Meadows (21)
      • RBI - T. Pham (54), A. Meadows 2 (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows 2 (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. d'Arnaud, J. Choi, J. Aguilar 3 (3), W. Adames, M. Brosseau
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Lopes (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Sogard-Adames-Choi)
      • E - W. Adames (15), E. Sogard (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (W, 13-10)5.05332524.301.3614.5
      E. Swanson2.00001107.011.335.5
      T. Guilbeau1.01000104.501.502.5
      C. Gearrin1.00000103.791.443.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (W, 13-10)5.0
      E. Swanson2.0
      T. Guilbeau1.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. McKay (L, 2-3)2.03733125.551.49-7.5
      J. Alvarado1.00001304.601.703.5
      C. Roe1.03110003.861.55-1.0
      O. Drake2.01110213.711.125.0
      N. Anderson1.02000103.311.141.5
      D. Castillo1.00000203.141.294.0
      M. Brosseau1.00000004.501.503.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Swanson (2)
      • HBP - M. Gonzales (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 94-56, E. Swanson 23-14, T. Guilbeau 12-9, C. Gearrin 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-4, T. Guilbeau 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 23, E. Swanson 7, T. Guilbeau 4, C. Gearrin 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Castillo (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 59-38, J. Alvarado 19-13, C. Roe 16-12, O. Drake 20-16, N. Anderson 15-12, D. Castillo 15-10, M. Brosseau 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 4-2, C. Roe 2-0, O. Drake 4-0, D. Castillo 1-0, M. Brosseau 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. McKay 13, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 5, O. Drake 7, N. Anderson 4, D. Castillo 4, M. Brosseau 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      SEA53-73
      340110000990
      TB73-53
      100020000362
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Lopes LF51000023.250.326.350.6762.0
      J. Crawford SS42210100.242.325.395.7206.0
      A. Nola 1B42231100.320.370.560.93011.0
      K. Seager 3B50100014.241.310.475.7850.5
      T. Murphy C32342100.296.328.609.93716.0
      D. Vogelbach DH40000022.222.351.479.830-1.0
      M. Smith RF41000021.235.302.350.6520.0
      K. Broxton CF20000121.179.248.295.5421.0
      D. Gordon 2B41100002.277.305.365.6702.0
      Total3599834913-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Pham LF42111111.268.370.459.8297.5
        A. Meadows RF41221011.277.349.519.8687.5
        T. d'Arnaud C30100102.245.318.446.7643.0
        J. Choi 1B30000022.257.353.413.7660.0
        J. Aguilar DH40100003.241.332.376.7081.0
        M. Duffy 3B00000000.260.329.312.6410.0
        E. Sogard 2B40100001.305.370.497.8671.0
        W. Adames SS40000002.243.307.400.7070.0
        K. Kiermaier CF40000021.241.282.419.701-1.0
        M. Brosseau 3B-P30000121.277.319.464.7840.0
        Total3336323814-----
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Nola (7), T. Murphy 2 (15)
          • RBI - J. Crawford (39), A. Nola 3 (16), T. Murphy 4 (33)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford (13), A. Nola 2 (6), T. Murphy 3 (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Lopes, D. Vogelbach, K. Broxton
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. d'Arnaud (11)
          • HR - T. Pham (19), A. Meadows (21)
          • RBI - T. Pham (54), A. Meadows 2 (60)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows 2 (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. d'Arnaud, J. Choi, J. Aguilar 3 (3), W. Adames, M. Brosseau
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Lopes (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Sogard-Adames-Choi)
          • E - W. Adames (15), E. Sogard (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (W, 13-10)5.05332524.301.3614.5
          E. Swanson2.00001107.011.335.5
          T. Guilbeau1.01000104.501.502.5
          C. Gearrin1.00000103.791.443.5
          Total9.0633382---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (W, 13-10)5.0
          E. Swanson2.0
          T. Guilbeau1.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. McKay (L, 2-3)2.03733125.551.49-7.5
          J. Alvarado1.00001304.601.703.5
          C. Roe1.03110003.861.55-1.0
          O. Drake2.01110213.711.125.0
          N. Anderson1.02000103.311.141.5
          D. Castillo1.00000203.141.294.0
          M. Brosseau1.00000004.501.503.0
          Total9.0995493---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. McKay (L, 2-3)2.0
          J. Alvarado1.0
          C. Roe1.0
          O. Drake2.0
          N. Anderson1.0
          D. Castillo1.0
          M. Brosseau1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Swanson (2)
          • HBP - M. Gonzales (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 94-56, E. Swanson 23-14, T. Guilbeau 12-9, C. Gearrin 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-4, T. Guilbeau 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 23, E. Swanson 7, T. Guilbeau 4, C. Gearrin 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Castillo (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 59-38, J. Alvarado 19-13, C. Roe 16-12, O. Drake 20-16, N. Anderson 15-12, D. Castillo 15-10, M. Brosseau 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 4-2, C. Roe 2-0, O. Drake 4-0, D. Castillo 1-0, M. Brosseau 2-1
          • Batters Faced - B. McKay 13, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 5, O. Drake 7, N. Anderson 4, D. Castillo 4, M. Brosseau 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Meadows homered to right, Pham scored93
            Murphy homered to left91
          • 4TH INNING
            Nola singled to right, Lopes scored, Crawford to second81
          • 2ND INNING
            Nola homered to left center, Crawford scored71
            Crawford singled to left center, Gordon scored51
            Gordon reached on fielder's choice to first, Smith scored, Gordon to second, Broxton out at second on 2nd baseman Sogard fielding error41
          • 1ST INNING
            Pham homered to left center31
            Murphy homered to left, Crawford and Nola scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Matt Duffy at third base
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Nola: Nola grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Seager flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Taylor Guilbeau
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kiermaier flied out to deep center
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham lined out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Diego Castillo relieved Nick Anderson
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Broxton hit by pitch
            • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second, Broxton to second
            • T. Lopes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Lopes struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Taylor Guilbeau relieved Erik Swanson
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar singled to right center
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Sogard reached on fielder's choice to second, Aguilar out at second
            • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sogard out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Nick Anderson relieved Oliver Drake
            • A. Nola: Nola flied out to center
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager singled to center
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to shallow center, Seager to third
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Murphy out at second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Swanson Pitching:
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brosseau walked
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham flied out to deep center
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Meadows flied out to left
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Brosseau to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • O. Drake Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • T. Lopes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopes struck out swinging
            • J. Crawford: Crawford grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Erik Swanson relieved Marco Gonzales
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard lined out to shortstop
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Adames flied out to right
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Kiermaier struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Oliver Drake relieved Chaz Roe
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy homered to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded out to second
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brosseau grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
            • A. Meadows: Meadows homered to right, Pham scored
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Choi hit by pitch, d'Arnaud to second
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Aguilar popped out to first
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Jose Alvarado
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to left center
            • T. Lopes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Lopes reached on fielder's choice to second, Gordon out at second
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Lopes stole second, Ball, Foul, Crawford reached on an infield single to third, Lopes to third
            • A. Nola: Nola singled to right, Lopes scored, Crawford to second
            • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nola out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Sogard: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Adames grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Jose Alvarado relieved Brendan McKay
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Meadows singled to right center
            • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud lined out to center
            • J. Choi: Foul, Choi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith safe at first on shortstop Adames throwing error
            • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Broxton walked, Smith to second
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to first, Smith scored, Gordon to second, Broxton out at second on 2nd baseman Sogard fielding error
            • T. Lopes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lopes grounded out to third, Gordon to third
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Foul, Crawford singled to left center, Gordon scored
            • A. Nola: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Nola homered to left center, Crawford scored
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sogard singled to right center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames flied out to deep right
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to second, Sogard out at second
            • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brosseau struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. McKay Pitching:
            • T. Lopes: Foul, Foul, Lopes popped out to second
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Crawford walked
            • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nola walked, Crawford to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager flied out to deep center
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy homered to left, Crawford and Nola scored
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham homered to left center
            • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud doubled to deep right
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Aguilar flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)