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Rays drop close one
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Mariners 4, Rays 3
Dan Wheeler reacts after giving up a home run to Jose Lopez. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Though they were defeated, the Rays were never out of the ballgame. After falling behind for the first time, Tampa Bay scored twice in the sixth, but Dan Wheeler surrendered the decisive home run in the eighth. Jeff Niemann put up a quality start, but the Rays were unable to get him a win.
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Series at a glance:
  • Tue. 09/22: SEA 4, TB 3
  • Wed. 09/23: TB 5, SEA 4
SEA
Seattle (79-72)
Won 2
Seattle 4, Tampa Bay 3   TB
Tampa Bay (77-74)
Lost 1
September 22, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Seattle
0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0   4 5 0
Tampa Bay
0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   3 7 0
Standings thru 9/22/09  |  Recap: SEA | TB  |  Gameday  |  Mariners stats  |  Rays stats
Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Suzuki, I, RF 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .354
Gutierrez, F, CF 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 .280
Lopez, Jo, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .268
Griffey Jr., DH 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .218
Beltre, A, 3B 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .260
Hall, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .205
Johjima, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .246
Carp, 1B 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .262
  Hannahan, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Wilson, Jo, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .192
Totals 29 4 5 4 6 7 12  

BATTING
HR: Suzuki, I (11, 5th inning off Niemann, 1 on, 2 out), Lopez, Jo (25, 8th inning off Wheeler, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Suzuki, I 4; Gutierrez, F 2; Lopez, Jo 4; Beltre, A.
RBI: Beltre, A (41), Suzuki, I 2 (45), Lopez, Jo (92).
2-out RBI: Beltre, A; Suzuki, I 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hall.
GIDP: Lopez, Jo; Johjima; Beltre, A.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gutierrez, F (15, 2nd base off Niemann/Navarro).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .322
Kapler, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .234
  b-Gross, PH-RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .239
Longoria, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 2 4 .281
Zobrist, 2B 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .287
Burrell, DH 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .230
Aybar, W, 1B 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 .253
Navarro, C 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .222
  c-Zaun, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Upton, B, CF 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 .235
Perez, F, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .160
  a-Crawford, PH-LF 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .307
Totals 32 3 7 3 5 6 19  

a-Popped out for Perez, F in the 6th. b-Struck out for Kapler in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Navarro in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Aybar, W 2 (10, Rowland-Smith, Rowland-Smith).
TB: Bartlett; Longoria; Aybar, W 4; Upton, B 2; Perez, F.
RBI: Upton, B 2 (45), Bartlett (64).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Longoria 2; Gross.
SAC: Navarro.
SF: Bartlett.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Longoria-Zobrist-Aybar, W 2, Zobrist-Aybar, W).

 
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rowland-Smith 5.0 6 3 3 4 1 0 3.70
Kelley (BS, 4) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.64
Batista (W, 7-4) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.28
Lowe, M (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.82
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niemann 6.2 4 3 3 4 5 1 3.81
Choate 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.73
Wheeler (L, 4-5) 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 1 3.44
Howell 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.83

Rowland-Smith pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

WP: Niemann.
HBP: Carp (by Niemann).
Pitches-strikes: Rowland-Smith 113-68, Kelley 14-11, Batista 19-14, Lowe, M 17-10, Niemann 108-63, Choate 2-2, Wheeler 17-9, Howell 20-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rowland-Smith 8-2, Kelley 0-1, Batista 2-1, Lowe, M 0-0, Niemann 5-6, Choate 1-0, Wheeler 1-0, Howell 0-1.
Batters faced: Rowland-Smith 25, Kelley 4, Batista 6, Lowe, M 4, Niemann 27, Choate 1, Wheeler 4, Howell 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Kelley 3-2, Choate 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Scott Barry. 1B: Damien Beal. 2B: Bruce Dreckman. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:52.
Att: 12,514.
September 22, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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