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August 9, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Tampa Bay Rays at Mariners — 8/8/09 game thread

9:17 p.m. And it all comes crumbling down. All told, seven straight Rays reached with two outs, turning a 5-1 lead into a 7-5 deficit. And RRS will not be leaving today with his first win as a ML starter.
8:53 p.m. Rowland-Smith got a standing ovation for striking out Carlos Pena to end the fifth, and that might have been the seminal moment of the game there.
The Mariners wasted an opportunity in the third. They had runners on second and third with no out, but Balentien fouled out, followed by a shallow fly out by Bryan LaHair and another pop foul by Johjima. Here’s betting that Carlos Silva noticed.
8:03 p.m. Gabe Gross tags Rowland-Smith with a HR to right, and it’s 5-1. But otherwise, Rowland-Smith is hanging in there, with 43 pitches through three. He’s got a good chance to go six or more.
7:53 p.m. The M’s rattled four straight hits off Matt Garza there, with Johjima’s double the biggest of them. With no outs, Sam Perlozzo made the right move to keep runners at third on the hits by Johjima and Yuniesky Betancourt. Both runs eventually scored.
Mariners lead 5-0.
7:32 p.m. The Mariners got a couple there, starting with Ichiro’s leadoff HR, but they probably walk away from that inning thinking they should have had another. Lopez popped out with Ibanez on third and one out; with the infield in, he just had to get something past the dirt.
It’s 2-0 M’s.
Ryan Rowland-Smith had a bit of a scare there in the first, grazing Carlos Pena’s face with an 0-2 fastball, but otherwise, he looked solid in the first inning. He goes 13 pitches — 11 of them strikes. He threw just one ball to Upton and another to Pena.


Ryan Rowland-Smith is back from Tacoma and will start today. Jared Wells, as Geoff mentioned last night, has been sent back down. Rowland-Smith’s trip back to Seattle could last the rest of the season. A spot in the rotation is his as long as he pitches well enough to keep it.
Ichiro will DH for the first time this season. Reed’s in center, Balentien in right, and Ibanez in left.
For Tampa, rookie 3B Evan Longoria is still out of the lineup.
Tampa Bay Rays
1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. B.J. Upton, CF
3. Carl Crawford, LF
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Jason Bartlett, DH
6. Ben Zobrist, SS
7. Willy Aybar, 3B
8. Dioner Navarro, C
9. Gabe Gross, RF
RHP Matt Garza
Seattle
1. Ichiro, DH
2. Jeremy Reed, CF
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Jose Lopez, 2B
6. Wladimir Balentien, RF
7. Bryan LaHair, 1B
8. Kenji Johjima, C
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith

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