Rays Fall To Mariners 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blake Beavan put the final touches on Seattle’s strong road trip.

Beavan scattered four hits over eight innings, and the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Sunday to finish a 5-2 trip.

“A great performance,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “I’ll tell you what, he did a great job with his fastball. He moved it around. But his secondary stuff was big for him. Really controlled the ballgame.

Jesus Montero and Brendan Ryan each had an RBI double for the Mariners, who took two of three from the Rays.

“A real good road trip,” Wedge said. “It’s tough to win on the road. It’s tough to win in general. The two losses we did have were walk-offs, so they were tight ballgames throughout.”

Beavan (5-6) struck out five and walked none, outpitching Matt Moore in a tight duel. Tom Wilhelmsen worked a scoreless ninth for his 10th save, completing the five-hitter.

“That’s what happens when you mix pitches up,” Beavan said. “You get them off balance. For me, that was my goal, just going in there and mixing them up.”

Matt Joyce hit a two-out double off Wilhelmsen, who then walked Jeff Keppinger. Pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui, mired in an 0-for-16 skid, ended the game on a first-pitch popup to shortstop.

Source: AP