Marte's big bat powers M's over Rays
SEATTLE — Ketel Marte hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Steve Geltz and had a career-high four hits to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Felix Hernandez (3-2) allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings to pick up the win. Steve Cishek earned his 10th save of the season.
Dana Eveland (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
Marte went 4 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. With the game tied at 2 in the sixth inning, Marte hammered the first offering from reliever Geltz over the right field wall to give the Mariners a 5-2 cushion.
The Mariners were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position before Marte's homer, his first of the season. His three RBIs matched a career high.
Seattle left runners stranded on second and third base in each of the first two innings.
Marte doubled to lead off the third inning and advanced to third on a groundout by Robinson Cano. Marte beat a strong throw home from Kevin Kiermaier to score the first run of the game on Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly.
Corey Dickerson homered off Hernandez to lead off the fourth inning, and Evan Longoria added a solo shot in the fifth to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 edge.
Marte scored on a wild pitch from Rays' starter Matt Moore to tie the game at 2 in the fifth inning.
Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker is expected to be fine for his next start on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. Walker left his last start after two innings due to neck spasms. The issue has subsided in recent days and he was able to throw his normal bullpen session on Monday. ... RHP Joaquin Benoit was expected to throw a light bullpen session on Monday as he works back from inflammation in his right shoulder. Benoit was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25 and became eligible for reinstatement on Saturday.
Rays: 2B Logan Forsythe left the game in the third inning and was replaced by Tim Beckham. Forsythe was hit by Hernandez's pitch in the top of the third and remained in the game for baserunning purposes. However, when it came time to take the field, he returned to the dugout with a bruised shoulder.
Mariners: Wade Miley (2-2, 4.74) will make his seventh start this season on Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Miley had no decision in his last outing, a 6-3 win at Houston. Miley allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Miley was 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay in 2015 while with Boston.
Rays: Drew Smyly (1-3, 2.72) had his shortest outing of the season last time out against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Smyly took a no-decision after allowing just two runs on five hits over five innings. Smyly has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.