Rays End Eight Game Skid
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided their season high ninth loss in a row by defeating the Seattle Mariners 7-3.
Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30 ERA) picked up the win for the Rays who improve to 29-34 on the season. It was their first victory over the Mariners in six tries.
Snell worked six innings allowing a pair of runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out one and walking one. He added a pair of wild pitches and a hit batter. It was his first hit batter in his career (57th start). He threw 95 pitches with 60 for strikes.
It was Snell’s 12th start this season of two earned runs or less, matching Justin Verlander for the Major League lead. He’s 3-0 with an 0.76 ERA (2-ER/23.2-IP) over his last four starts.
Felix Hernandez (6-5, 5.70 ERA) took the loss for Seattle who fall to 40-24. It was Hernandez’s shortest outing (3IP) since April 25, 2017 at Detroit. It was just the eighth time in 399 career starts that he went 3-innings or fewer.
Rays Finally Get To King Felix:
Entering today’s action, Felix Hernandez had made 17 career starts against Tampa Bay and was 9-2 with a 1.92 ERA. The Rays knocked him out after three innings scoring six runs (five earned) on seven hits. Hernandez struck out two, walked one, and made 53 pitches (39 for strikes).
After the game Hernandez said it was more putting balls in play and them finding holes than hard contact. “I think I had pretty good stuff, they just put the ball in play.” He said. “They put a lot of all in play and they found holes, and like I said tough luck.”
Bauers First Career Hit:
Jake Bauers deliverd a double in the bottom of the first inning for his first big league hit. He scored his first big league run on Matt Duffy‘s double. Bauers had been 0-for-8 heading into today’s game.
“I feel about 45-pounds lighter,” Bauers said. “I went to sleep last night and all I can think about was a hit and a win. To knock them both out tonight felt great.”
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