Tampa Bay before 9,837 fans on a warm Wednesday May 2, 2012
Today in Time
An exciting baseball game saw the Tampa Bay Rays continued its winning ways and topped the fledging Seattle Mariners to sweep a three game set and improved to 17 wins and just 8 losses for 2012. THe Rays have now won 9 straight home games and for 2012 are 11-1 at home... Wow!
Designated hitter Luke Scott broke a 4-4 tie by powering a solo homer in the bottom of the 6th inning. His 6th homer of the season came off Mariners starter and loser Blake Beavan, 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA. A fastball thrower, Beavan who regularly hits the radar gun in the low 90 mph, had an off day and yielded 7 hits, 5 runs, walked 2, 1 K in 5.1 innings.
Rays starter James Shields allowed 5 hits, 4 runs, walked 4 and rang up 11 strikeouts (Ks), His record improved to 5-0 with a 3.70 ERA for the young season.
Relievers J.P. Howell, 2.08 ERA, picked up Hold 2 with a scoreless 7th, allowing 1 hit, 1 W, 1 K. Wade Davis, 2.25 ERA, followed and yielded a hit and an out before Rays manager Joe Maddon brought in reliever Joel Peralta to the mound and with his herky-jerky motion and tossed his late moving slider notched his first save of 2012. Joel Peralta stuckout 2 and set down Seattle batters without a base runner.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager lined two homers, numbers 2 and 3 of season, off starter James Shield who fanned 11 in 6 innings. Kyle Seager had a great day with a single plus the 2 Hrs, scored twice and collected 4 RBIs. Rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki had 2 singles, 2 walks, scored a run in 5 at bats, and is hitting a solid .312 for season.
Luke Scott, hitting .275 for 2012, also singled and scored early in the game. Teammate Sean Rodriguez, third baseman, hit a two-run homer early in game.
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