Rays Back Under .500 After Falling In Seattle

posted by Jason Barringer - 

The Tampa Bay Rays (28-29) were defeated by the Seattle Mariners (36-22) 3-1 on Saturday night in the Pacific Northwest.

The Mariners got to Chris Archer (3-4, 4.24) for two runs in the third inning to try and take control early.  After Nelson Cruz came through with an RBI single to give Seattle the 1-0 lead, Kyle Seager hit an RBI double to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead and ultimately, all the offense Seattle would need.  Chris Archer worked in and out of trouble throughout his start in coming up on the short end of the scoreboard - all told he pitched five innings allowing two runs, both earned, on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.

In the sixth inning the Rays attempted to push back, as Wilson Ramos hit an RBI double that made it 2-1 - umpires reviewed the play to ensure it stayed in the ballpark, and confirmed that it did.  Seattle promptly answered in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ryon Healy homered to push the M's lead back to 3-1 and that would be the final score.

Marco Gonzales (6-3, 3.38) got the win for Seattle, allowing one run on five hits in six and two thirds innings while striking out six and walking two.  Edwin Diaz picked up his 20th save of the season while pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Rays now wrap up the three game series against the Mariners, and the last west coast trip of the season, on Sunday afternoon.  First pitch from Seattle is set for 4:10 and coverage gets underway with The Inside Pitch with Steve Carney at 2 PM on 620 WDAE & 95.3 FM.

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