May 14: Rays (18-23) 2, Mariners (20-20) 0
In a game where both teams mustered up a combined five hits and two runs, the Tampa Bay Rays squeaked out a 2-0 victory against the home-team Seattle Mariners. Starter Jake Odorizzi slung six shutout innings, surrendering just one hit and two walks.
In an offensive struggle, both teams remained deadlocked at zero heading into the top half of the fourth frame.
In the fourth, Yunel Escobar worked a bases-loaded walk after a nine-pitch at-bat to give the Rays a 1-0 advantage.
With Ryan Hanigan at the plate next, Dominic Leone threw a wild pitch to allow Will Myers to score from third and give Tampa Bay a 2-0 cushion that it would not relinquish.
Both teams went 1-2-3 from the bottom of the fourth until the bottom of the sixth, but neither team could come up with any form of offensive rhythm as the game finished 2-0. In fact, the Mariners only put together a total of two hits in the entire game — a single in the sixth by James Jones and a double off the bat of Dustin Ackley in the eighth.
Grant Balfour closed things out in the ninth with a perfect inning, earning himself his seventh save of the year.
Pitching for the Mariners, Brandon Maurer struggled with command at times as he went only 3.2 innings and walked four batters. He struck out three and gave up both runs of the game.
Seattle’s relief pitchers did their part as they pitched the rest of the way while only giving up one hit and two walks in 5.1 innings.
Important things to note: Both teams combined for a total of five hits in the entire game … Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected by first-base umpire Lance Barksdale in the bottom of the eighth for arguing a call.