The Rays came into Seattle Tuesday night with an impressive seven-game win streak since the return of Evan Longoria. Matt Moore pitched well, but a disastrous ninth inning crushed the Rays hopes of extending the streak.
The Rays started the scoring in the first with an RBI triple by B.J. Upton to drive in Desmond Jennings.
Later in the inning Evan Longoria would drive in Upton with a sacrifice fly to give the Rays a 2-0 lead.
Seattle got on the board in the bottom of the second with an RBI double by Miguel Olivo to drive in Justin Smoak to make it 2-1. It would be the only run Moore would give up in his seven strong innings of work.
The rest of the game was relatively quiet, until the ninth inning of course.
With Fernando Rodney pitching for the fourth straight game, Kyle Seager kicked off the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single. Next batter was Chone Figgins, who put down a sac bunt and ended up reaches second thanks to a throwing error by Carlos Pena.
With runners at second and third and nobody out, Justin Smoak then followed with a game tying sacrifice fly. Miguel Olivo was the next batter, and he struck out for the second out of the inning. Eric Thames was next, and he lined a walk-off single just barely over the head of Zobrist to give Seattle the 3-2 victory.
Rodney suffered the blown save and a loss, and it wasn't even his fault at all. Both runs that scored in that inning were unearned due to Pena's errors. Just when we thought the Rays' defensive problems were gone, they come right back Tuesday night,
The Rays are now 63-53 (9-3 in August). They lose ground in the division and are now back to six games behind the Yankees. The remain in playoff position, but are now tied with the Orioles.
Notable Stat Lines
- Matt Moore 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
- Kevin Millwood 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
- F Rodney: (BS(2) (L,2-2): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 R, 1 K
- D. Jennings: 3-4 R
- B.J. Upton : 2-4 R, 2B, RBI
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Rays News and Notes
- Ben Zobrist got the start at shortstop again. This move seems to be getting closer to a possibility by the day.
- Tomorrow afternoon the Rays and the Mariners wrap up this three game series. It will be Jeremy Hellickson (7-7 , 3.52 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (10-5 , 2.74 ERA); first pitch is at 3:40 EST.
- Rehab update: Luke Scott went 2-4 with a homer with Charlotte last night. Starting in that game for the Stone Crabs was Jeff Niemann, who allowed four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work (64 pitches) in his second of four scheduled rehab starts.