Mariners Vs. Rays: Seattle Gets Swept In Tampa Bay

The Seattle Mariners can't seem to maintain any sort of consistent offense. They weren't able to avoid being swept at Tropicana Field on Thursday.

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Mariners Vs. Rays, Game 4 Final Score: Seattle Gets Swept With 4-3 Loss

The Seattle Mariners managed to stay competitive as they visited the Tampa Bay Rays, but in the end they kept coming up just short. On Thursday, the Rays defeated the Mariners by a final score of 4-3 to complete the four-game sweep of Seattle.

The Mariners once again got on top early, as they scored two runs in the top of the second on a Mike Carp RBI groundout and a Justin Smoak RBI single. That 2-0 lead was short-lived, however, as the Rays tied it in the bottom or the second on a Jeff Keppinger home run and went ahead on a two-run Desmond Jennings triple just two batters later.

The M's managed to cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, when Ichiro Suzuki doubled home Dustin Ackley with two outs, but Seattle would get no closer.

John Jaso had a single and a double in Seattle's only multi-hit performance of the day. Starting pitcher Kevin Millwood took the loss, surrendering all four runs in 6.1 innings on seven hits and two walks. Millwood is now 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA.

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Mariners Vs. Rays, Game 3 Final Score: Seattle Loses Slugfest, 5-4

The Seattle Mariners played the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday and lost a back-and-forth home run derby by a final score of 5-4. With the loss, the Rays have clinched the series win.

The M's, as they are wont to do this season, jumped on the board in the top of the first inning. They plated three quick runs on a two-our Kyle Seager home run.

The Rays got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third inning on a Sean Rodriguez homer, then went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a Jose Molina RBI double.

Seager would tie things up in the top of the sixth with a leadoff home run, his third of the season. This was Seager's first career multi-homer game. He drove in all four of the M's runs in this one.

Alas, the Mariners would lose the game on perhaps the most ignoble way possible. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Luke Scott led off with a deep drive to straightaway center field. Michael Saunders got a good read and a good jump on the ball and leaped at the wall, but the ball bounced off the top of his mitt and over the wall for the go-ahead and eventual winning run.

Seager had three hits in the game and Ichiro Suzuki added another two, counting for five of the seven Seattle hits.

The Mariners will attempt to avoid being swept in four games on Thursday morning.

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Mariners Vs. Rays, Game 2 Final Score: Seattle Leaves 15 On Base, Loses 3-1

On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners out-hit the hometown Tampa Bay Rays, 9 to 3, but ultimately the hits never came with runners in scoring position. The Mariners stranded 15 runners over the course of the game, including going 0-for-5 with runners on second or third base, en route to a 3-1 loss.

The Rays plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning, when Matt Joyce tripled home Ben Zobrist and cam in to score on a Luke Scott sacrifice fly. A Michael Saunders leadoff homer -- his fourth of the year -- would cut the Rays lead to 2-1 in the top of the third inning, but Tampa Bay got that run right back in the bottom of the frame on a Joyce solo homer. That would be the entirety of the scoring in the game.

Mariners starter Hector Noesi, who has been roughed up several times already this season, became the hard-luck loser, giving up all three runs on three hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. The Seattle bullpen allowed just one more Tampa Bay baserunner for the rest of the game, on a Lucas Luetge five-pitch walk.

Jesus Montero had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, but not a single one of his hits came with a runner on base.

If the M's hope to salvage a series split, they will need to win on Wednesday.

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Mariners Activate Mike Carp, Send Miguel Olivo To The DL

The Seattle Mariners made two moves today. They reactived outfielder Mike Carp, who tweeted the news earlier today. Carp has been out over a month since March 29th with a sprained shoulder he sustained in the opening game in Japan. Carp will probably spend a lot of time at designated hitter to try and bolster Seattle's offense. Carp hit .276 last year and had 46 RBIs and 12 home runs.

The Mariners then sent catcher Miguel Olivo to the disabled list. Olivo strained his groin against Tampa. Jesus Montero will be seeing more of the catching duties until Olivo heals up. Olivo has been struggling with the bat, producing splits of .210/.229/.346, so this could be a chance for Montero to show off his stuff.

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Mariners Vs. Rays, Game 1 Final Score: Seattle Loses 3-2 In 12 Innings

The Seattle Mariners were in Florida on Monday, kicking off a series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The teams were expecting a pitchers' duel with M's ace Felix Hernandez and Jeremy Hellickson both on the hill, but they likely did not anticipate the game would be as close as it was. In the end, the game went 12 innings and ended with a 3-2 Rays victory.

Both teams scored one run each in the second inning, the Mariners on a Miguel Olivo home run and the Rays on a Sean Rodriguez RBI single.

The score would remain knotted at 1-1 for the next nine innings. Hernandez ended up going eight strong innings, giving up just the one run on five hits and four walks while striking out nine. Hellickson was perhaps even more effective, giving up six hits and issuing no walks while striking out seven M's in seven innings.

The bottom of the ninth inning came and went and still neither pitching staff was willing to concede a run, so the game went to extras.

The M's managed 11 hits in the game, with Olivo, Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Smoak having multi-hit games.

Olivo left the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, appearing to injure his groin while attempting to field a soft grounder hit by B.J. Upton. There is no word yet as to the extent of the injury. Jesus Montero came in to catch, meaning that the Mariners had to play the remainder of the game with the pitcher batting, since John Jaso had already pinch-hit earlier in the game.

In the top of the 11th inning, Montero hit a leadoff home run to right center field, but the Rays evened things up again in the bottom of the frame, when Luke Scott hit a leadoff double off of Brandon League and Upton was able to single him home with two outs.

The Mariners finally lost in the bottom of the 12th. League came out for a second inning and picked up one out before issuing a walk to Ben Zobrist and back-to-back singles to Carlos Pena and Elliot Johnson, the latter of which scored the winning run for the Rays.

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Mariners Vs. Rays Series Preview: 4-Game Series Begins Monday In Tampa Bay

The Seattle Mariners can't seem to maintain any sort of consistent offense. They'll have four games in Tropicana this week to try and sort things out.

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