Mariners 9, Rays 6
Miguel Olivo really enjoyed Tampa Bay’s trip to Seattle.
Olivo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Joel Peralta in the
eighth inning and the Mariners rallied for a 9-6 win over the Rays
Olivo also connected against Peralta on Saturday and has homered
in three straight games overall. He is batting .378 (17 for 45)
with four homers and 13 RBIs in his last 13 games.
The catcher has raised his batting average to .251 and hit five
of his seven homers this season since he struggled through a rough
”He’s putting up better at-bats. I think he’s recognizing
pitches better,” manager Eric Wedge said. ”He’s a big-game
player. He’s had a lot of big hits in his career and he wants to be
up there in those situation, that’s half the battle, and he had
another big hit for us today.”
Olivo said he’s feeling more comfortable at the plate and
relishing the opportunity to come through in big situations for his
”Everybody I think is hoping for that (opportunity),” Olivo
said. ”You want to be a hitter and hit the ball and help the team
Ichiro Suzuki and Greg Halman each drove in two runs for
Seattle, which has won six straight series and 14 of 18 games
overall. Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th
save, completing the Mariners’ 15th come-from-behind victory this
Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth take a 6-5 lead, but
J.P. Howell (0-1) couldn’t hold on. Justin Smoak walked with one
out in the bottom half and Jack Cust and Adam Kennedy followed with
base hits. Kennedy’s tying single drove in pinch runner Jack
Olivo then greeted Peralta with a drive into the Rays’ bullpen
in left field. Peralta fell behind in the count to Olivo and said
he didn’t want to load the bases in that situation.
”We played well and hit the ball well today,” Rays manager Joe
Maddon said. ”We did things we’ve been wanting to do. We just
didn’t get the pitching we are accustomed to.”
B.J. Upton singled in Ben Zobrist and scored on Felipe Lopez’s
double to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
Seattle responded with three runs in the bottom half and two
more in the seventh. Suzuki had a two-run triple in the third and
Halman added a tiebreaking two-run triple of his own in the
Wade Davis allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one in
seven innings for Tampa Bay.
Erik Bedard tossed seven solid innings for Seattle, yielding
three runs and eight hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
”After the little rough start, it was nice to settle down and
get some innings for the team,” Bedard said. ”Early on I was just
missing a little bit and the more innings I threw, the better it
Once Bedard left, the Rays jumped all over Jamey Wright (2-2).
Johnny Damon led off with a single to left field and Zobrist and
Matt Joyce followed with doubles to tie it at 5. Pinch-hitter Evan
Longoria delivered a two-out RBI single into right field to put the
Rays back on top.
NOTES: Longoria did not start after leaving Saturday’s game with
tightness in his left side. … Halman had three hits in his first
game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.