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American League Game Summary - Seattle at Tampa Bay



(Thursday, August 15th)

Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Seattle 1

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the fifth inning helped lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners, 7-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with four RBI while crossing the plate twice for the Rays, who have now won their last two after enduring a losing streak of six games.

Alex Cobb (7-2) tossed five innings in his first game back from the disabled list. Cobb landed on the DL after being struck on his right ear by a line drive in a game against Kansas City on June 15. The right-hander only gave up one run on three hits while fanning six batters.

"It was awesome," Cobb said of returning to the mound. "It's a feeling you can't duplicate anywhere else but being out on the mound and competing at the big league level."

Joe Saunders (10-12) lasted only 4 1/3 innings, but still collected the loss. The left-hander allowed five runs on seven hits with three walks. Saunders has lost four of his last five starts.

Raul Ibanez drove in Seattle's only run of the game with a solo shot in the second. The Mariners have now dropped four of their last six.

"Early in the ballgame we barreled up some balls," Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said. "A couple of those balls, two or three of those find a hole, maybe a different ballgame in the beginning of that."

Jose Lobaton was walked to start off the third inning, but was soon out at second as Sam Fuld reached first on a fielder's choice. Sean Rodriguez hit a pop up single to put runners on first and second before Myers hit a single to left to plate Fuld from second to tie the game. Ben Zobrist was walked to load the bases with two outs before Yunel Escobar popped up to end the Tampa Bay threat.

The Mariners left the bases loaded in the fifth. Dustin Ackley hit a ground- rule double down the left-field line, but the instant replay clearly showed that the ball landed into foul territory. Henry Blanco and Brad Miller were both walked to load the bases. Cobb struck out Nick Franklin on a full count to escape the inning without giving up a run.

Tampa Bay tacked on four more runs in the bottom half. Fuld singled off Saunders' glove up the middle to lead off the frame. Rodriguez followed up by hitting a fly ball to shallow center that dropped between Franklin and Miller for a single. Myers hit a sharp double down the left-field line to plate Fuld and Rodriguez. Longoria belted a fly ball over the wall in left to bring home two more runs.

Myers got on base again in the seventh after being hit by a pitch from reliever Brandon Maurer. Maurer gave up a single to Longoria to put runners on first and second with no outs. Escobar hit a single up the middle to drive in Myers from second.

Jose Lobaton singled to left in the bottom of the eighth before Myers drove him home with his second double of the game.

James Loney made a great catch at first base to start off the game. He dove and stopped the ball from trickling down the right-field line to secure the first out.

Ibanez crushed a solo shot to deep right field in the top of the second.

Game Notes

It is exactly one year since Felix Hernandez threw his perfect game against Tampa Bay for Seattle ... Tampa Bay is second in the majors with the fewest errors committed (43) ... Prior to the game, Cobb was reinstated from the 60- dayDL and infielder Ryan Roberts was designated for assignment.

08/16 01:35:41 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 88
LAC 102
 
4th
CHA 88
LAC 102
 
4th
CLE 102
ORL 74
 
4th
PHI 101
POR 111
 
3rd
TOR 76
PHO 66
 
Half
HOU 51
NYK 46
 
2nd
DAL 34
IND 34
 
1st
UTA 0
CHI 7
 
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
Final
MD 78
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
Final
JMU 77
COL 71
 
2nd
WINT 65
ETST 64
 
Final
GSOUT 78
FIU 72
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 79
HAMP 67
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
Final
WAKE 75
NICST 48
 
Final
MSU 79
SCU 52
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
Final
VCU 53
VILL 77
 
2nd OT
OU 77
WCU 80
 
2nd
IND 63
EWASH 59
 
2nd
ILL 44
BRO 37
 
2nd
MSST 36
CLAYST 23
 
2nd
BEL 44
LIP 31
 
2nd
TCU 65
MVSU 25
 
2nd
IOWA 39
PEPP 33
 
2nd
MEM 43
PVU 27
 
2nd
KU 54
RIDE 26
 
2nd
BAY 35
STEPH 27
 
2nd
INCWORD 66
A 51
 
1st
USF 21
HAW 26
 
1st
OKST 25
ORST 22
 
1st
WYO 11
FAM 4
 
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MARQ
YALE
 
1st
CHAM 4
PITT 6
 
1st
ILLST 4
SHU 6
 
1st
NMST 11
STET 10
 
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ISU
ALA
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CHADRON
 
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NCOL
CCHR
 
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SIUE
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BYU
3rd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
3rd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd Intermission
FLA 1
MIN 3
 
2nd
DET 3
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 31
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 7
BAL 7