SEATTLE ( Associated Press) — Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer against his former team, Shane McClanahan kept Seattle hitless in the fifth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Mariners 4-3 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win. .
McClanahan quickly prevailed, garnering some terrific defensive assists and keeping Seattle’s meltdown offense in a funk. Seattle’s only hits managed from a hard-thrower lefty were Jesse Winker’s first homer of the season in the fifth inning and consecutive singles by Ty France and JP Crawford in the sixth, which ended McClanahan’s night.
McClanahan (2-2) has scored three earned runs or less in all his six starts. He scored five runs and went for two.
Isaac Paredes robbed France of a hit in the third innings by saving a run with a diving stop. Taylor Walls made a spinning stop on Eugenio Suarez after an innings and smashed a hit.
Jason Adam allowed an RBI single to Suarez in the sixth inning and Adam Frazier hit his first home run for Seattle on Colin Poche’s first pitch in the seventh. Poche played a clean eighth inning and Brooks Raleigh worked a ninth for his second innings.
It was the Rays’ third straight one-run win over Seattle after taking two of three games at home last week.
Tampa Bay got all the offense thanks to a swing from a former Mariners catcher. Zunino entered the game with only .135, but he hit his third homer of the season in the fourth inning off starter Robbie Ray. It was Zunino’s fourth homer in 10 matches against the team for which he played in his first six seasons.
Harold Ramirez also had an RBI single as part of his four-run knock for Tampa Bay.
Ray (2-3) threw 6 2/3 innings and scored five runs but suffered a second consecutive defeat. Seattle has lost eight out of nine total and has scored more than three runs only twice during that time.
Rays: Tampa Bay began bringing back players and coaches from its recent COVID-19 outbreak. C Francisco Mejia was reinstated from the virus list on Thursday and will likely return to the lineup on Friday. The Rays also welcomed back bench coach Matt Quattraro and pitching coach Kyle Snyder.
Bullpen coach Stan Borowski and field coordinator Paul Hoover are out due to the virus.
Mariners: Seattle was flooded with roster moves that included substituting RHP Matt Brash for Triple-A Tacoma and being moved to the bullpen. The Mariners placed RHP Matt Festa on a 15-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right elbow. Right-hander Riley O’Brien was recalled and left-hander Danny Young was selected from Tacoma.
Rays: Tampa Bay is expected to use an opener on Friday.
Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert will make his sixth start and his first since being named AL Pitcher of the Month for April. Gilbert was 4-0 in April with a 0.64 ERA. He bowled 5 2/3 innings while allowing one run on his last start against Miami.
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