Yunel Escobar drew a bases-loaded walk and the Rays also scored
on a wild pitch while beating the Mariners for the second
consecutive day. Tampa Bay prevailed despite having only three hits
and striking out 13 times against five Seattle pitchers.
Odorizzi (2-3) struck out seven and walked two in his second
consecutive solid outing. He had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings
before Mariners outfielder James Jones hit a soft line-drive single
Dustin Ackley hit a one-out double in the eighth off Joel Peralta
but was stranded during a half-inning that featured Seattle manager
Lloyd McClendon throwing his hat into the stands after being ejected
by first base umpire Lance Barksdale for disputing a check-swing
call. Grant Balfour worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Evan Longoria delivered a one-out single in the fourth inning and
Brandon Maurer (1-2) retired the next hitter before suffering
control issues and walking the next three batters. Maurer was
removed after issuing the walk to Escobar and reliever Dominic Leone
tossed a wild pitch on his second offering to Ryan Hanigan.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Rays 2B Ben Zobrist dislocated his left thumb while
sliding head-first into second base when he was caught stealing in
the top of the fifth. … Maurer gave up two runs, two hits and four
walks in 3 2/3 innings. … Odorizzi has struck out 18 while tossing
11 scoreless innings over his last two outings.
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