Jake Odorizzi was on his game Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. The right-hander combined with three Rays relievers for a 2-0 shutout win over the Mariners from Safeco Field to take two of three in the series. Rays improve to 18-23 on the season. The Orioles lost to the Tigers 7-5 so the Rays are now just 3.5 games behind Baltimore in the A.L. East. Mariners are now 20-20.
Odorizzi didn’t allow a hit until James Jones singled with two outs in the 6th inning. Odorizzi threw 6 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit with two walks and 7 strikeouts. Odorizzi improves to 2-3 on the season and his ERA dropped from 5.79 to 4.89. Grant Balfour picked up his 7th save. Seattle had just two hits on the day.
Rays score both runs in the 4th inning. Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar worked out walks after each batter fell behind 0-2 in the count. Escobar’s free pass came with the bases loaded to score Jennings to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. That would end the day for Mariners starter Brandon Maurer, who go the loss. A wild pitch by reliever Dominic Leone scored Wil Myers to make it 2-0. The Rays scored two runs in that inning without getting a hit.
One injury concern for the Rays— 2nd baseman Ben Zobrist left the game in the 5th inning with a left thumb injury. He injured it while sliding head-first into second on a stolen base attempt. He was replaced by Sean Rodriguez. The Rays say Zobrist suffered a dislocated left thumb. He had put back into place but he will miss some time. Zobrist will travel with the team to Anaheim and then will be re-evaluated.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected in the 8th inning after arguing a check swing strike 3 call. It looked like John Buck held on a pitch by Rays reliever Joel Peralta, but 1st base umpire Lance Barksdale punched him out. McClendon threw his hat into the crowd after he was ejected.
The Rays continue their road trip on Thursday when they head to Anaheim to begin a 4-game set with Mike Trout and the Angels. Erik Bedard throws for the Rays against Tyler Skaggs. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 9pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.