The “Road Trip From Hell” ended with a Rays victory as they defeat the Seattle Mariners by a final score of 4-1. They end the road trip with a 3-7 record.
With the victory the Rays increase their lead in the wild card chase to full 2 games over the the Cleveland Indians who lost to the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles who lost to the Chicago White Sox. They maintain their 2.5 game lead over the New York Yankees who defeated the Boston Red Sox.
Up until the 8th inning the Rays had played the same frustrating brand of baseball that has plagued them during the current road streak which saw them get swept in Oakland, split a 4-game series against the Angels, and lose the first two games against the Mariners.
The frustration reached its highest point in the top of the 7th. Trailing 1-0 the Rays opened the inning with a Kelly Johnson walk and a Jose Lobaton single to put runners at 1st and 2nd and ended the day for starter Erasmo Ramirez. Charlie Furbush came in relief and walked pinch hitter Wil Myers to load the bases with nobody out.
Delmon Young was called on to pinch hit against the left handed Furbush and he sent a bouncer back to Furbush who threw home for the first out and the catcher threw to first to complete the double play. Ben Zobrist flew out to end the inning and the Rays continued to trail 1-0.
Yoervis Medina came in to work the top of the 8th. He hit Evan Longoria with a pitch to lead off the inning and then made matters worse by walking Luke Scott. Medina allowed an RBI double to James Loney scoring Longoria and tying the score at 1-1.
Lefty Oliver Perez came in to replace Medina and Joe Maddon called on Sean Rodriguez to pinch hit. Rodriguez looking to atone for his baserunning blunder on Friday night delivered a key 2-RBI single scoring both pinch runner Desmond Jennings and James Loney to give the Rays the 3-1 lead.
Joel Peralta came in to work the 8th and walked two hitters but got out of the inning unscathed. The Rays added an insurance run in the top of the 9th on a Desmond Jennings double that scored Ben Zobrist giving the Rays a 4-1 lead.
Fernando Rodney came in to retire the side picking up his 33rd save.
The Rays will return to St.Petersburg and will enjoy their final off day of the season on Monday before taking on the Boston Red Sox in a 3 game series. The Rays will send David Price (8-4, 3.51 ERA) up against Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA).