Margot rips 3-run HR in a pinch to lift Rays in 9th


SEATTLE — Pinch-hitter Manuel Margot launched a go-ahead, three-run homer within the ninth inning because the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the scuffling Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Friday evening for his or her seventh straight highway win.

Mariners pinch-hitter Jarred Kelenic put Seattle up 6-5 within the eighth with a two-run homer. However the Rays jumped on reliever Paul Sewald (0-1) for a pair of one-out singles from Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe within the ninth. Sewald then served up Margot’s first homer of the season on a drive to left-center, the primary runs he is allowed in seven appearances.

The Rays erased three deficits to earn their sixth comeback win of the season and 52nd because the begin of 2021.

Margot additionally had an enormous hit in a come-from-behind victory Wednesday towards Oakland. Teammates and reporters joked within the clubhouse that his new nickname is “Manny Margot-Forward.”

“I believe it is the preparation,” Margot mentioned by means of a translator. “With a group like this, you do not know when you are going to play. In case you do not begin, you have to be able to go at any given level within the recreation and you have to be prepared and put together accordingly.”

Ty France hit a solo homer within the ninth, however the Mariners could not catch the Rays of their fourth straight one-run loss to the two-time defending AL East champions. Brooks Raley earned his third save.

Seattle has dropped 5 in a row and 9 of 10. Tampa Bay has gained 5 straight — all on the highway — and is 8-3 in a stretch of 16 video games in as many days.

“We really feel like we’re a great group. You prefer to win these tight ballgames,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money mentioned. “We have misplaced our share of one-run ballgames right here previously, so hopefully it is night out.”

Arozarena had 4 hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Yandy Diaz had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Rays.

The struggling Kelenic, benched two nights in a row towards left-handed starters, entered within the eighth to face reliever Ryan Thompson (2-1) and hit his third dwelling run of the season with Julio Rodriguez aboard. Kelenic was 1 for 19 coming into the at-bat.

Eugenio Suárez additionally homered for the Mariners. Adam Frazier doubled and Suárez hit his fifth dwelling run for a fast 2-0 lead towards opener Matt Wisler within the first inning. However then Diaz, Wander Franco and Arozarena hit consecutive run-scoring singles up the center with two outs to place Tampa Bay forward 3-2.

Seattle regained the lead on Abraham Toro’s sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single from Dylan Moore within the fourth. Arozarena answered with a double and scored on Suárez’s throwing error at third base to tie it 4-all within the fifth towards starter Logan Gilbert, the AL pitcher of the month in April. Gilbert struck out six however gave up seven hits and three walks in an uneven begin that included 99 pitches, solely 59 for strikes.

“We have been in a position to drive his pitch depend up,” Money mentioned. “He nonetheless bought deeper than I might have anticipated he would given the variety of pitches he had, however our guys stayed at it.”

Tampa Bay took benefit of unsteady reliever Andrés Muñoz within the seventh. He walked Franco to start out the inning, gave up a single to Arozarena and hit Lowe with a pitch to load the bases. Harold Ramirez grounded out, scoring Franco.

Ramirez additionally made a diving catch in left area within the fourth to avoid wasting two runs, and the Rays bought a double play within the seventh with two runners on.

“This was one among our higher video games offensively, however it’s been a wrestle to get on the precise aspect of those,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned.


Rays: Bullpen coach Stan Boroski and area coordinator Paul Hoover boarded a aircraft Friday and can rejoin the group Saturday in Seattle after being away as a consequence of COVID-19 precautions. … C Francisco Mejía returned to the lineup after being activated from the COVID-19 injured record Thursday. He had three hits, together with a double.

Mariners: C Tom Murphy was again within the lineup after sitting out Thursday with a sore neck, however left after dislocating his shoulder whereas making an attempt to make a tag on the plate within the fifth inning. He was changed by Luis Torrens. … RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder irritation) threw a 25-pitch simulated outing towards Ichiro Suzuki, and Servais mentioned Romo seemed able to return. Servais was undecided whether or not Romo, who went on the injured record April 13, would want a rehab outing earlier than returning to the bullpen.


Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.13 ERA) has gained his final two begins, together with six shutout innings in 3-2 victory over Seattle on April 27.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-3, 4.05) appears to be like to finish a two-game skid that started April 27 with a loss to Rasmussen.

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