The Seattle Mariners were once again able to lean on strong pitching and let early runs hold up in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners were able to play solid baseball over their past seven games and will head home with a 5-2 record on this road trip. Their two losses came by just one run.
Sunday's game began with Jesus Montero driving in Ichiro Suzuki with a double in the top of the first. The Rays tied things up 1-1 in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI single from Matt Joyce, but the M's answered right back in the top of the second with a two-out RBI double from Brendan Ryan.
Blake Beavan held the game at 2-1 for Tom Wilhelmsen, who allowed one hit in the ninth but picked up his 10th save. Beavan improved to 5-6 by holding the Rays to one run on four hits and no walks in eight innings. It was easily Beavan's best performance of the season.
The Seattle Mariners leaned on some spectacular pitching to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon. The M's prevailed by a final score of 2-1.
The M's scored both of their runs in the top of the first inning (as they tend to do) on a two-out, two-run RBI single by Michael Saunders.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas held the Rays scoreless until the seventh inning, when he gave up back-to-back singles that allowed Desmond Jennings to score on a throwing error. Vargas was charged with no earned runs in six innings, on seven hits and three walks.
The Mariners bullpen was perfect the rest of the way, not allowing any more Rays to reach base the rest of the way. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his ninth save of the year.
The Mariners will have a chance to win their second straight series in the rubber game on Sunday.
The Seattle Mariners were unable to keep the momentum from their series win in Kansas City going on Friday night. In the first game of their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, they held in there for 13 and a half innings, but lost in the bottom of the 14th by a final score of 4-3.
The Mariners scored in the top of the first inning -- as they tend to do -- thanks to an RBI double from Casper Wells. That 1-0 lead would hold up until the bottom of the sixth inning, when B.J. Upton hit a solo home run to tie things up and Jeff Keppinger put the Rays ahead with an RBI single.
In the top of the seventh, the Mariners would reclaim a 3-2 lead thanks to a two-run homer from Carlos Peguero. Steve Delabar was charged with a blown save in the bottom of the seventh inning as he allowed a game-tying, two-out RBI single from Upton.
The Mariners bullpen held things down well into extra innings. The M's had a great chance in the top of the 14th, as they had runners at first and second with one out for Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak, but were unable to bring anyone home. Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a game-winning RBI double from Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the 14th to finally allow everyone to head home.
The Mariners will try to regroup on Saturday and try to even the series up.