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August 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rays, Aug. 13: Mariners lose, 4-1

The Mariners got a leadoff single from Kyle Seager but nothing more in ninth. It was the third inning that did in Beavan and the Mariners. Tampa Bay scored all four of their runs.
RAYS NINTH: Baseball is a crazy game. Montero throws out Desmond Jennings, one of the most successful base stealers in the American League, but lets Jose Molina, of the snail-slow Molina family, steal second in the eighth. It’s his second steal of the year, but he’s stranded at second. Mariners come up in ninth, trailing 4-1, against Fernando Rodney.
RAYS SEVENTH: Carter Capps, in his home debut, has some control issues, walking three. But he picks off one and gets out of trouble by fanning Upton on a nasty curve (right after 99 mph heat). 4-1 Rays.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners finally get on the board but run themselves out of a bigger inning. Robinson led off with a triple and scored on Thames single. But Thames was caught off first on a ball that bounced a short distance from catcher Jose Molina. Thames started to break, stopped, and was thrown out. Figgins walked and moved to second on Ryan’s ground out, but Ackley grounded out to end the inning. 4-1 Rays.
RAYS FIFTH: Beavan has now settled down a bit, but the big news this inning was Jesus Montero throwing out Desmond Jennings trying to steal. Jennings had stolen 21 bases and only been caught once previously this season. In fact, he had stolen 20 in a row since April 10. 4-0 Rays.
MARINERS FOURTH: Seager gets to second with one out on a bunt single and wild pickoff attempt, but is stranded there. Seager, by the way, is now three hits away from taking over the team lead…from Ichiro. 4-0 Rays.
MARINERS THIRD: On the bright side, the Mariners won’t be no-hit tonight. Brendan Ryan laced a two-out single to center, but died there when Ackley grounded out. That pushes Ryan’s average from .199 back over .200, but I doubt he’ll get the shaving cream treatment again. Only once for that. 4-0 Rays.
RAYS THIRD: Beavan got battered for four runs, at one point giving up five straight hits — including a two-run homer from B.J. Upton and an RBI double by Ben Zobrist, Shawn Kelley was up, but Beavan got out of it. A nifty 43-pitch inning. 4-0 Rays.
(Meanwhile, in Memphis, Tacoma’s Justin Smoak was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning after getting two hits. Coupled with Mike Carp’s injury, can’t help but wonder if something is brewing.
MARINERS SECOND: They go down in order against against Cobb, who has a 4.32 ERA for the season, but is coming off three straight quality starts (2.14 ERA) with 16 strikeouts and just one walk in 21 innings. 0-0.
RAYS SECOND: The Rays got a couple of singles off Beavan, but the first was erased by a double-play ball from Jeff Keppinger, and the second by a strikeout off Ryan Roberts. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: And Cobb matches Beavan with an 11-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning, getting three ground outs.
RAYS FIRST: Very solid 1-2-3 first inning for Blake Beavan. He threw 11 pitches — eight strikes. Good mix of slow and fast.
Jeff Evans of the Mariners staff came up with a neat stat: Rays ace David Price still hasn’t face the Mariners, despite the two teams meeting 34 times since he came up from the majors. And that statistic will reach 37, because Price is not scheduled to pitch in this three-game series.
On the other hand, Tampa Bay’s starter tonight, Alex Cobb, is making his 24th career start — and his third against the Mariners.
Mariners starter Blake Beavan is 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts since being recalled from Triple-A. He lost a chance for a win his last time out when the bullpen couldn’t hold the 7-3 lead he handed over in Baltimore.

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