Sunday’s matinee game saw a pitching matchup between Erasmo Ramirez and Matt Moore. Both pitchers were solid, giving their teams the chance to win. Moore was charged with one earned run in 6.1 innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Ramirez was charged for no earned runs in 6 innings with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Mariners were the first to jump on the board in the bottom of the 2nd when Kendrys Morales took a poorly located Matt Moore fastball over the left field fence. However, Moore regained his composure and the Mariners did not score any more runs in the inning. The Rays first threatened in the top of the 3rd inning when Sam Fuld drew a one out walk. Fuld then stole second base and advanced to third on a David Dejesus ground out. However, Ben Zobrist was unable to capitalize and Fuld was left on third.
The Mariners provided a threat of their own in the bottom of the 3rd when Brad Miller lead off the inning with a single. After an Abraham Almonte sacrifice bunt, Moore got Kyle Seager to fly out. Joe Maddon then elected to intentionally walk Morales, and after a wild pitch advanced the runners, Moore was able to get out of the jam by inducing a Franklin Gutierrez ground out. The Mariners threatened again in the bottom of the 5th when Henry Blanco led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on an Almonte ground out. However, Kyle Seager was not able to provide a hit to drive in Blanco with two outs.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Rays once again put men in scoring position with two outs. Evan Longoria drew a one out walk and later advanced to second after a James Loney single. Once again, the Rays could not drive in a run with two outs when Matthew Joyce lined out to right field to end the inning.
The Rays’ inability to drive in a run with two outs hurt them once again in the 7th. The inning began when Kelly Johnson drew an eight pitch walk. After a Jose Lobaton single, Ramirez was removed from the game and replaced with Charlie Furbush. After walking pinch-hitter Wil Myers to load the bases with no outs, pinch-hitter Delmon Young grounded into a home to first double play. Ben Zobrist then flew out to right field to end the Rays’ threat.
The Rays finally capitalized in the top of the 8th inning. Yoervis Medina replaced Furbush to begin the inning, and started the inning by plunking Longoria and walking Luke Scott. Loney then drove in Longoria with an RBI double, causing Medina to be replaced by Oliver Perez. Perez gave up a single to pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez, causing Loney and pinch-runner Desmond Jennings to score. Perez got out of the inning by causing pinch-hitter Yunel Escobar to line out and Lobaton to ground into a double play. Medina ended up facing three batters and being charged with three runs.
The Rays padded their lead once again in the 9th against Hector Noesi. Myers started off the inning with a single, followed by a Chris Gimenez double. Myers was then caught stealing and Gimenez was thrown out at home on a Zobrist single. Zobrist would later score on a Jennings double. Noesi ended the inning by striking out Rodriguez. Fernando Rodney then shut the Mariners down in the 9th, earning the save.
The Rays are off tomorrow before taking on the Red Sox at home on Monday.