The Seattle Mariners (35-36) rallied to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays (43-27) on Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest.
The game started well for Tampa Bay, as they built up a 5-2 lead over Seattle thanks to RBIs from Joey Wendle, Kevin Kiermaier, Brandon Lowe and a home run from Randy Arozarena. Arozarena finished the game going 3-for-4 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.
The Mariners began their comeback in the bottom of the sixth, as they got a two run homer from Ty France to pull within 5-4. The Rays had a chance to hang onto the win with a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Pete Fairbanks (1-2, 2.04) was unable to convert the save as he picked up the loss for Tampa Bay for the second consecutive night. After Shed Long Jr doubled in the game tying run, Kyle Seager came up with an RBI hit to drive in Jake Bauers and give the Mariners a 6-5 win.
Rich Hill got the start on the mound for Tampa Bay, allowing four runs, all of them earned, on six hits in five innings while striking out five and walking one.
The Rays and Mariners now meet in the second game of their four game series on Friday night. First pitch Friday night is scheduled for 10:10 PM - pregame coverage begins with Neil Solondz and the pregame show at 9:30 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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