ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Seattle manager Mike Hargrove
struggled to find the appropriate words to summarize the Mariners'
10-9 victory over Tampa Bay. Devil Rays counterpart Lou Piniella
didn't even try.
"The first three innings were a different ballgame than the
middle three innings. And the last three was another different
game," Hargrove said after the Mariners took an early lead, fell
behind and rallied at the end to win.
"Both sides were guilty of poor pitching. That probably sums
it," Hargrove said. "We were able to take a little better
advantage of it than they were."
Piniella, who watched the Devil Rays overcome a three-run
deficit only to blow a four-run lead, didn't speak with reporters
after the game.
The Mariners won for the first time in 28 tries when trailing
after seven innings, thanks to a clutch performance by rookie
Jeremy Reed, who homered and drove in a career-high four runs.
Reed hit a solo homer in the second inning, delivered a two-run
single that made it 8-8 in the eighth and snapped a 9-9 tie in the
ninth with a two-out double off Seth McClung (0-2).
The Mariners scored four times in the eighth off reliever Travis
Harper, taking a 9-8 lead on pinch-hitter Dave Hansen's
bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Raul Ibanez drove in the first run of
the inning, and Reed's two-run single off Trever Miller made it
"I got some good pitches to hit," Reed said. "The one against
the lefty [Miller] was a tough at-bat and result for him. It was
fortunate for that ball to go through the hole. I didn't hit it
Ron Villone (1-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory, the
second straight for Seattle following a four-game losing streak.
Jorge Cantu homered off Joel Pineiro and had three RBI for
Tampa Bay, which tied it 9-all on Julio Lugo's pinch-hit sacrifice
fly in the eighth. Nick Green, Carl Crawford, Josh Phelps, Damon
Hollins and Alex Gonzalez also drove in runs for the Devil Rays.
Boone and Reed homered within a five-pitch span of the second
inning, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead. Ichiro Suzuki tripled and scored
on Randy Winn's single in the third. Richie Sexson doubled and
scored when Boone hit into a force play to make it 4-1 in the
Boone said 250 career homers is "definitely something to be
"Any time you go out and hit a home run and drive in a couple
runs and help your team, that's what it's all about," the second
The Devil Rays rallied with four runs off Pineiro in the fourth,
scoring on RBI doubles by Cantu and Hollins and RBI singles by
Gonzalez and Crawford. Phelps finished off the Seattle starter with
an RBI single that put Tampa Bay up 6-4 in the fifth.
"It's good to hit the ball that way, but the bottom line is we
lost the game," said Cantu, who went 3-for-5 for his first
three-hit game since April 10.
Pineiro, who hasn't won since beating Texas on April 26, allowed
seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Shigetoshi Hasegawa
replaced him and gave up a two-run homer to Cantu, the first batter
the reliever faced.
Waechter gave up five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings for
Tampa Bay. He struck out six and walked none.
The 11-year-old son of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. First
Class Paul R. Smith threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ...
Waechter had not allowed a run in two previous appearances against
Seattle, pitching 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for his first
major league victory on Aug. 27, 2003, and tossing a two-hit
shutout in his first big league start a week later. ... Suzuki went
3-for-14 in the series and is 46-for-160 (.288) against the Devil
Rays, his lowest career batting average against any AL opponent.
... The Devil Rays optioned LHP Jon Switzer to Triple-A Durham
after the game. ... Seattle is 8-17 in May and needs to win its
remaining two games to avoid the second single-digit May in club
history. The Mariners went 9-15 in May 1978.