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Lost Weekend Ends With Rays Being Swept in Seattle

The Tampa Bay Rays are probably very happy to put Seattle in the rear-view mirror.

Ariel Miranda pitched his first big-league complete game, and Nelson Cruz, Jarrod Dyson and Mike Zunino each drove in a pair as the Rays were swept at Safeco Field with a 7-1 loss to the Mariners Sunday at Safeco Field.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-1) allowed the Mariners to take a first-inning lead as Boog Powell singles with one out, and two batters later, Nelson Cruz blasted his 14th home run of the year off the batter's eye in center field for a 2-0 lead.

Miranda continued to put up zeroes and the Mariners' bats continued to widen the gap, as Mike Zunino, who had seven RBI Saturday, added on in the fourth, coming up with the bases loaded and two out and singling in a pair for a 4-0 advantage.

Ramirez left with two out in the fifth, and after Austin Pruitt got the final out of that inning, Seattle continued to pile on in the sixth with Jarrod Dyson plating a pair with a double, then scoring later on a wild pitch for a 7-0 lead.

Tampa Bay did not have a hit until the fifth, when Kevin Kiermaier reached on an infield single, and would have just three more hits in the game: a single by Tim Beckham in the seventh, a triple by Daniel Robertson, which hit off Dyson's shoulder in center and would lead to the Rays' only run on a groundout by Jesus Sucre, and a base hit by Steven Souza Jr. later in the same inning.

The loss drops Tampa Bay back to a game under .500 at 29-30 as they finish this road trip 4-5.

The Rays will have Monday off before starting a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday.

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