Kelly Johnson congratulates Ben Zobrist on his second home run of the game. However, Tampa Bay's losing streak reached six games Tuesday.
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
The Tampa Bay Rays saw their losing streak get extended to six games, as Dustin Ackley's triple brought around Justin Smoak with the eventual winning run, giving the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday.
Smoak's single leading off the top of the sixth spelled the end of the night for Rays starter Chris Archer (6-5). New reliever Wesley Wright was brought in to face the left-handed hitting Ackley, who lofted a fly ball over the head of Wil Myers in centerfield brought Smoak all the way around from first base.
The two leadoff hitters, Seattle's Brad Miller and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, had an amazing night. Each hit a leadoff home run, marking the first time in the American League since August 17, 2006 that each team led off the game with a home run. They eached added a second home run, Miller's a solo shot in the fifth, Zobrist a two-run blast in the bottom of the same inning, making it just the third time since MLB records became available in 1916 that each team's leadoff hitter homered twice in a game.
James Loney added an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Rays a 2-1 lead, while Smoak's RBI single gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
Erasmo Ramirez pitched into the sixth to earn his fourth win of the year.