ST. PETERSBURG -- Trailing by three runs with two outs in the seventh, the Rays rallied to score four in the inning en route to an 8-7 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Evan Longoria produced the big blow when he hit a three-run homer off Nick Vincent to tie the game at 7. After the Mariners brought in Mike Montgomery, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce drew walks before Corey Dickerson singled through the left side to drive home Morrison with what turned out to be the winning run.
"That was an awesome win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We haven't had too many like that where we've come from behind. Just everybody, it seemed like they played a part. Even the guys who came in late. ... Obviously the home runs were huge, and how we just kind of stayed the course, got the big homers. ... Longo's homer probably was the biggest hit of the day."
The Mariners took a 4-0 lead in the second on a two-run homer by Kyle Seager and a two-run double by Leonys Martin. Dickerson's two-run homer in the bottom of the second cut the lead in half, but the Mariners added a run in the third and two in the seventh to take a three-run lead they could not hold.
"We had a lot of opportunities tonight to score more runs than we did and didn't take advantage of everything," Mariners skipper Scott Servais said after his team went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. "Their guy hung in there, and it proved to be the difference. We probably should have scored double digits tonight, but it didn't happen."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Seager gets it started: The Mariners' third baseman highlighted a four-run second inning with his 12th home run of the year, a two-run shot to left-center. It's rare for Seager to homer to the opposite field -- of his 108 career blasts, only four have gone out to left or left-center. But it's not rare for Seager to drive in runs. He has 17 RBIs in his last 15 games and 44 on the season, tied with Nelson Cruz for second on the team behind Robinson Cano's 51.
Early-inning blues:Jake Odorizzi has struggled in the first two innings this season, and he continued to do so Tuesday night. After Odorizzi retired the side in order in the first, two by strikeouts, the Mariners jumped on the Rays right-hander for four runs in the second. Odorizzi has now allowed 20 runs in the first and second innings of his 14 starts this season. That equates to a 6.43 ERA in those frames. He allowed just one run in his final 3 2/3 innings before being ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Some heat in relief: Rookie right-hander Edwin Diaz stepped up in place of Taijuan Walker after the Mariners starter had to leave the game in the middle of the fourth inning when a tendon in the arch of his right foot flared up. In just his fourth game since being promoted from Double-A Jackson, Diaz fired 2 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and five strikeouts and hit 96-99 mph with his fastball.
Though Steven Souza Jr. greeted Diaz with a single in the fourth to score Walker's final run from third, the 22-year-old allowed just a lone single over the rest of his outing, struck out four of the last five batters he faced and was in position for his first MLB win until the Rays rallied after he turned a 7-4 lead over to Vincent.
"He has started and had some longer outings. He's used to being a starter," said Servais. "That didn't bother him at all. It was a tough spot to throw a young pitcher in there, but he got warmed up on the mound and handled it great." More >
Dickerson power: Dickerson hit his 12th home run of the season in the second, giving the Rays their first hit against Walker, who struck out the first four batters he faced. The Rays slugger never gets cheated on a swing, and this one produced a 448-foot drive from home plate that had an exit speed of 109 mph, according to Statcast™.
"I really just tried to put a short swing on it. Just square the ball up, not try and do too much. He was throwing a lot of heaters. ... We were still down [two] runs there. So we still had some work to do."
He added a triple in the fourth and an RBI single in the seventh that put the Rays up 8-7.
• Longo's long ball helps Rays come from behind
While Walker exited after 3 1/3 innings with his injury, the Rays lost Souza in the seventh due to left hip soreness after he dove for a ball in right field.
"It's awesome. It's a cool feeling. And I'm excited. I never would have thought that I'd get a W in my home city. I'm just living an amazing life right now. It's just crazy." -- Ryan Garton, who earned his first Major League win Tuesday night
"Good hitter. He's an out-and-over guy. I looked at the pitch, and it was off the plate a little bit. In that situation, it's got to be for a ball. Now I know. In the future, he probably won't get that pitch again." -- Vincent, on the first-pitch slider that Longoria hit out
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Alex Colome recorded his 19th save of the season. The Rays' closer is still perfect for 2016, notching 19 saves in 19 opportunities.
The Mariners bullpen, which had been very stout early in the year, has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) over 20 innings in its last five games.
ODORIZZI'S FIRST EJECTION
Odorizzi earned the first ejection of his career after he issued a two-out walk to Martin in the sixth. The Rays' right-hander took exception to home-plate umpire Jerry Meals' ball-four call, holding out his arms in protest. He then approached home-plate, prompting Meals to issue the ejection. Cash wisely got between Odorizzi and Meals to ensure that Odorizzi's frustration did not escalate.
Mariners: Right-hander Nathan Karns (5-2, 4.09 ERA) faces his former Rays team for the first time in Wednesday's 4:10 p.m. PT game at Tropicana Field. The 28-year-old was 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA over a seven-start stretch before struggling his last two outings, when he allowed 10 hits and eight runs with 10 walks in 8 1/3 innings.
Rays:Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.94 ERA) will make his 13th start on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. He will be pitching on nine days' rest, his longest stretch between appearances since his two starts surrounding the 2014 All-Star break. He has allowed seven home runs in his last four starts.
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