Aug 14, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the 9th inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Tampa Ba 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Game 115: Mariners Come Back Against Fernando Rodney

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Two problems from the beginning of the year, the bullpen and their defense, came back to haunt the Rays as they lost to the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.

Tampa jumped out to a quick lead, as Desmond Jennings singled to lead off the game. B.J. Upton tripled, driving in Jennings, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria. The Mariners got a run back in the bottom of the second, as Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo had back to back two out doubles, cutting the Rays lead to 2-1.

From that point, both Matt Moore and Kevin Millwood settled in, as the game turned into a classic pitching duel. Neither team got a runner past second base after the second inning against either starter. Moore lasted seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, striking out nine batters. Millwood, meanwhile, also lasted seven innings, and gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk, collecting eight strikeouts of his own.

With the score remaining 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Fernando Rodney came on for the save. Kyle Seager led off the inning with a single, bringing up pinch hitter Chone Figgins. Figgins bunted down the first base line, where Carlos Pena‘s throwing error put Figgins and Seager on second and third respectively. Smoak hit a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-2. After a strikeout, Eric Thames hit a 1-2 pitch to right for a single, scoring Figgins and giving the Mariners a walkoff 3-2 victory.

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