Rays beat Mariners 7-3 to stop 8-game skid

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell lacked the sharpness he had in his previous start, but this time the Tampa Bay ace got the win over an opponent he idolized as a teenager.

Snell overcame occasional wildness to go six effective innings, and the Rays stopped an eight-game losing streak by beating Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 7-3 on Saturday.

''Obviously we needed a win,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''We needed Blake to step up. We need that stopper.''

Snell (8-3), who was born in Seattle, gave up two runs and seven hits. The 25-year-old left-hander walked two, recorded one strikeout, hit a batter and had two wild pitches.

''Off what I had today, I'd say it was good,'' Snell said. ''Frustration with most (of my pitches). It's a tough lineup. When you don't have anything going and get through six, you've got to be happy with it.''

Hernandez (6-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings in his shortest start this season, a rematch of last Sunday's matchup against Snell and the Rays in Seattle.

''The life on the fastball (was) a little concerning today,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''To be effective he's got to get up in the 89-90 range and today he didn't even get there. But it's not all about velocity, it's about locating it. That really wasn't on today either.''

Hernandez gave up one run and five hits over eight innings in his victory last weekend. Snell struck out 12 over six scoreless innings and got a no-decision in that game.

''They put a lot of balls in play,'' Hernandez said. ''There was a few mistakes. I don't have to make a lot of adjustments. I just have to pitch my game the way I pitched last week.''

Nelson Cruz hit a fifth-inning homer and Kyle Seager had a pair of RBI grounders for Seattle, which lost for just the fifth time in 21 games.

Mallex Smith had an RBI triple - first called a homer and overturned after a video review - and Christian Arroyo hit a run-scoring single to put Tampa Bay up 6-1 in the third.

Smith scored from second during a three-run second when shortstop Jean Segura was charged with an error. Rob Refsynder's bloop single to left bounced off the turf and went off Segura's glove.

Chaz Roe, the second Rays reliever, went the final 1 1/3 innings for his first career save.

Snell had a career-opening stretch of not hitting a batter end at 56 starts when he hit Segura to load the bases with two outs in the second. Shortstop Daniel Robertson bailed out his teammate with a leaping catch on Mitch Haniger's liner.

Rays rookie Jake Bauers doubled in the first for his first major league hit after starting his career 0 for 8.

HIGHLIGHT PLAY

Rays RF Carlos Gomez made a sliding catch near the bullpen on Ryon Healy's foul ball in the seventh and was OK after first baseman Bauers collided with him. ''It was very scary,'' Cash said. ''They were both really fortunate to be OK. Jake has a little banged-up ribs and Carlos a shin, but what a tremendous play to make the catch.''

MARINERS NUMBERS

It was just the eighth time in 389 starts that Hernandez went three or fewer innings. ... Seattle went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon, who was on the disabled list from May 22-31 with a fractured toe, got most of the game off before entering as a defensive replacement in the eighth. ''The guy runs 23 1/2 miles an hour and then wears a boot out of here every night,'' Servais said. ... RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder surgery) is throwing to hitters.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left abdominal strain) had a 22-pitch bullpen session and could return after a simulated game Tuesday. ''Everything felt fine,'' Archer said.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (5-1, 2.95 ERA), who's unbeaten since the start of May, will start Sunday.

Rays: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.27) makes his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

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  • W: B. Snell (8-3)L: F. Hernandez (6-5)S: C. Roe (1)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS42200003.342.365.486.8515.0
M. Haniger RF50100005.272.356.504.8601.0
N. Cruz DH31111201.253.338.484.8228.0
K. Seager 3B50020022.220.274.413.6871.0
R. Healy 1B40100002.243.276.435.7111.0
M. Zunino C30100110.208.274.431.7041.5
D. Span LF40200012.253.362.416.7782.5
G. Heredia CF40100002.254.366.361.7261.0
A. Romine 2B30100002.157.232.176.4091.0
a- B. Gamel PH00000100.277.357.384.7411.0
D. Gordon 2B00000000.285.306.367.6730.0
  • a-walked for Romine in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Robertson SS31010110.259.387.425.8122.5
J. Bauers 1B41200011.167.167.250.4173.5
M. Duffy DH40210011.319.358.419.7774.5
J. Wendle 2B30010011.276.325.379.7040.5
C. Gomez RF31000112.186.261.340.6011.5
M. Smith CF42310000.281.347.370.7177.0
C. Arroyo 3B41210010.317.404.488.8923.5
R. Refsnyder LF41100011.203.353.333.6861.5
J. Sucre C30010001.206.236.221.4571.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Span (9)
    • HR - N. Cruz (12)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (32), K. Seager 2 (39)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bauers, M. Duffy 2 (11)
    • 3B - M. Smith (4)
    • SF - J. Wendle (3)
    • RBI - D. Robertson (19), M. Duffy (17), J. Wendle (15), M. Smith (13), C. Arroyo (6), J. Sucre (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith (7), C. Arroyo (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Smith (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Segura (6)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - R. Refsnyder (2)
    • DP - 2 (Wendle-Robertson-Bauers; Roe-Wendle-Bauers)
    • E - J. Bauers, D. Robertson (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Hernandez (L, 6-5)3.07651205.701.38-8.0
    R. Elias4.02111301.500.839.5
    M. Morin1.01000200.001.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Hernandez (L, 6-5)3.0
    R. Elias4.0
    M. Morin1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (W, 8-3)6.07212112.300.9818.5
    D. Castillo1.22112203.381.50-1.0
    C. Roe (S, 1)1.11000103.421.109.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (W, 8-3)6.0
    D. Castillo1.2
    C. Roe (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 53-39, R. Elias 61-34, M. Morin 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 4-3, R. Elias 2-7
    • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 17, R. Elias 15, M. Morin 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Snell 2 (8), D. Castillo 2 (2)
    • HBP - B. Snell
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 95-60, D. Castillo 36-18, C. Roe 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-12, D. Castillo 1-2, C. Roe 2-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 27, D. Castillo 9, C. Roe 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS42200003.342.365.486.8515.0
    M. Haniger RF50100005.272.356.504.8601.0
    N. Cruz DH31111201.253.338.484.8228.0
    K. Seager 3B50020022.220.274.413.6871.0
    R. Healy 1B40100002.243.276.435.7111.0
    M. Zunino C30100110.208.274.431.7041.5
    D. Span LF40200012.253.362.416.7782.5
    G. Heredia CF40100002.254.366.361.7261.0
    A. Romine 2B30100002.157.232.176.4091.0
    a- B. Gamel PH00000100.277.357.384.7411.0
    D. Gordon 2B00000000.285.306.367.6730.0
    Total35310314419-----
    • a-walked for Romine in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Robertson SS31010110.259.387.425.8122.5
    J. Bauers 1B41200011.167.167.250.4173.5
    M. Duffy DH40210011.319.358.419.7774.5
    J. Wendle 2B30010011.276.325.379.7040.5
    C. Gomez RF31000112.186.261.340.6011.5
    M. Smith CF42310000.281.347.370.7177.0
    C. Arroyo 3B41210010.317.404.488.8923.5
    R. Refsnyder LF41100011.203.353.333.6861.5
    J. Sucre C30010001.206.236.221.4571.0
    Total3271060277-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Span (9)
      • HR - N. Cruz (12)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (32), K. Seager 2 (39)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bauers, M. Duffy 2 (11)
      • 3B - M. Smith (4)
      • SF - J. Wendle (3)
      • RBI - D. Robertson (19), M. Duffy (17), J. Wendle (15), M. Smith (13), C. Arroyo (6), J. Sucre (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith (7), C. Arroyo (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Smith (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Segura (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Refsnyder (2)
      • DP - 2 (Wendle-Robertson-Bauers; Roe-Wendle-Bauers)
      • E - J. Bauers, D. Robertson (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (L, 6-5)3.07651205.701.38-8.0
      R. Elias4.02111301.500.839.5
      M. Morin1.01000200.001.003.0
      Total8.01076270---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (L, 6-5)3.0
      R. Elias4.0
      M. Morin1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 8-3)6.07212112.300.9818.5
      D. Castillo1.22112203.381.50-1.0
      C. Roe (S, 1)1.11000103.421.109.5
      Total9.01032441---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 8-3)6.0
      D. Castillo1.2
      C. Roe (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 53-39, R. Elias 61-34, M. Morin 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 4-3, R. Elias 2-7
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 17, R. Elias 15, M. Morin 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Snell 2 (8), D. Castillo 2 (2)
      • HBP - B. Snell
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 95-60, D. Castillo 36-18, C. Roe 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-12, D. Castillo 1-2, C. Roe 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 27, D. Castillo 9, C. Roe 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Robertson scored37
        Seager grounded out to second, Segura scored, Cruz to third36
      • 5TH INNING
        Cruz homered to right center26
      • 3RD INNING
        Arroyo singled to left, Smith scored16
        Smith tripled to deep right center, Gomez scored15
      • 2ND INNING
        Robertson grounded out to third, Refsnyder scored14
        Sucre grounded out to second, Arroyo scored, Refsnyder to third13
        Refsnyder singled to left center, Smith scored, Arroyo to third on shortstop Segura fielding error12
      • 1ST INNING
        Duffy doubled to left center, Bauers scored11
        Seager reached on fielder's choice to second, Segura scored, Cruz out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Roe Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to right center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cruz grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Haniger out at second
        • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Seager struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia singled to deep left
        • Ben Gamel hit for Andrew Romine
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel walked, Heredia to second
        • Chaz Roe relieved Diego Castillo
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dee Gordon at second base
        • Mike Morin relieved Roenis Elias
        • M. Smith: Smith singled to center
        • C. Arroyo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Smith caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Arroyo struck out on foul tip
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Diego Castillo relieved Blake Snell
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura singled to left
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Segura to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • K. Seager: Ball, Segura to third, Cruz to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager grounded out to second, Segura scored, Cruz to third
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Healy fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Elias Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked
        • J. Bauers: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bauers fouled out to third
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy doubled to left, Robertson to third
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wendle hit sacrifice fly to left, Robertson scored
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino singled to right
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Span singled to left, Zunino out at third, Span to second
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Foul, Romine lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Elias Pitching:
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Arroyo grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Refsnyder grounded out to third
        • J. Sucre: Sucre lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger flied out to right
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz homered to right center
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager lined out to center
        • R. Healy: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Healy flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Elias Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez flied out to left
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Heredia flied out to right
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine singled to right
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Romine out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Roenis Elias relieved Felix Hernandez
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sucre popped out to shortstop
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • J. Bauers: Bauers singled to center
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cruz lined out to first
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Healy singled to right
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Healy to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
        • D. Span: Foul, Foul, Span flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle flied out to left
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Smith tripled to deep right center, Gomez scored
        • C. Arroyo: Ball, Arroyo singled to left, Smith scored
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Refsnyder popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Zunino fouled out to first
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span doubled to right center
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Heredia flied out to center
        • A. Romine: Romine safe at first on shortstop Robertson fielding error, Span to third
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura hit by pitch, Romine to second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smith singled to left center
        • C. Arroyo: Arroyo singled to left, Smith to second
        • R. Refsnyder: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Refsnyder singled to left center, Smith scored, Arroyo to third on shortstop Segura fielding error
        • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded out to second, Arroyo scored, Refsnyder to third
        • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Robertson grounded out to third, Refsnyder scored
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura reached on an infield single to second, Segura to second on 1st baseman Bauers fielding error
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger flied out to shallow right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz walked, Segura to third on wild pitch
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Foul, Seager reached on fielder's choice to second, Segura scored, Cruz out at second
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Healy fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bauers: Bauers doubled to deep right center
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy doubled to left center, Bauers scored
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle flied out to left
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)