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Wil Myers tied a career-high with three hits and four RBI in Tampa Bay's win Thursday night.
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE
It appeared that the Rays' bats wanted to welcome Alex Cobb back to the rotation.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer, and Wil Myers drove in four runs to lead Tampa Bay to a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners Thursday.
Myers got things going for Tampa Bay in the bottom of the third, as his single into left brought in Sam Fuld to tie up the game at one apiece.
Tampa Bay busted the game open in the bottom of the fifth, as the first four batters all reached safely and would score. Fuld again led off with a single, and moved up a base on a single by Sean Rodriguez. Myers then doubled in both runners to break the tie, and Longoria launched a two-run blast deep into the seats in left field to extend the lead to 5-1.
Myers added an RBI double in the seventh for his fourth run batted in, and Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring single an inning later.
Cobb (7-2) threw five innings, allowing just a single run on a home run by Raul Ibanez. He gave up just two other hits and two walks while striking out six. The bullpen combination of Alex Torres and Jamey and Wesley Wright threw four innings of two-hit ball.
The Rays climb back to within two games of division-leading Boston, who dropped a 2-1 decision to Toronto Thursday.
Tampa Bay will welcome the Blue Jays in for a three-game set starting Friday night, when Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.93 ERA) will face off with R.A. Dickey (9-11, 4.46 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30. Because of the Buccaneers preseason game, Friday's game will be heard on 1250 WHNZ and 98 Rock.