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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.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
4th
MIN 94
IND 94
 
4th
OKC 99
NOP 101
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
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SEAT
SACST
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
3rd
BOS 2
BUF 3
 
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
3rd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
2nd
ARI 0
SEA 0