“A big hit,” manager Eric Wedge said. “The kid made a hell of an effort out there in right field to catch that ball, but Smoaky did a good job of getting inside the ball and keeping it fair. … Those are the differences in those games. We’re in pretty much every game. You look at our losses this year and how many tough losses have we had? How many games have we been in where we’re just a hit or play or a pitch away? Tonight we were on the good side of it, which was good to see.”
Seattle starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma went 5.2 innings and got no decision. The win went to Capps (3-3). Farquhar got his 13th save.
Brad Miller and Franklin Gutierrez each had two hits for the Mariners, who also tied their season high with two stolen bases (Nick Franklin and Gutierrez).
Mariners move to 64-77 on the season, while the Rays go to 77-63 and fall a game further behind Boston in the AL East.
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