June 9: Mariners (34-29) 3, Rays (24-41) 0
Five pitchers combined for nine shutout frames for the Seattle Mariners as a three-run third inning against starter David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays was enough to lift the Mariners to a 3-0 win. Price got the tough loss in his eight frames of work.
Robinson Cano was the offensive hero for Seattle in this game as he connected on a one-out, two-run double against Price in the top half of the third inning. He fought off an 0-2 pitch from Price and sent a line drive into left for the go-ahead runs. In the next at-bat, Stefen Romero grounded out to second base to plate James Jones for the Mariners’ third and final run of the game.
Meanwhile, Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez bent, but did not break in his 4.2 frames against the Rays. He walked a total of five batters and threw 88 pitches in the no decision. He allowed a pair of free passes in both the first and third frames, but managed to wiggle his way out of trouble.
In the fourth, Ramirez continued his tight-rope act as he coughed up a pair of singles to start the frame against the Rays. David DeJesus and Matt Joyce each registered base knocks on ground balls to set Tampa Bay up with two on and nobody out. Ramirez, however, managed to strike out consecutive batters before getting Desmond Jennings to ground out for the final out of the inning.
The fifth frame was the last straw for Ramirez as he allowed a two-out double to James Loney and walked his fifth and final batter in Ben Zobrist. Joe Beimel was the first reliever off the bench. He recorded the final out of the frame and eventually got tagged with the win.
The Rays continued their trend of not being able to score with runners on base in the seventh frame. Kevin Kiermaier doubled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and Evan Longoria to put runners on the corners with one away. Loney proceeded in grounding into an inning-ending double play to thwart any chances at runs.
In the ninth, closer Fernando Rodney didn’t mess around as he shut down the Rays in order for his 18th save of the season.
Getting hit with the tough loss, Price went eight frames, struck out 10 and walked just one. He coughed up all three runs and gave up seven hits.