Hendrickson has alternated wins and losses in his last seven starts, and is coming off a 6-3 home defeat to Boston on Tuesday in which he gave up five runs and six hits over 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander had complete-game victories in two of his three previous starts, and had allowed just three runs in 25 innings over that span.
“Two bad pitches, of which multiple runs were the result,” said Hendrickson, who threw 55 of his 87 for strikes on Tuesday. “That pretty much sums it up.”
Hendrickson is 2-0 with a 5.52 ERA in four career appearances, including two starts, against Seattle.
The Devil Rays have won seven of their last 11 games, including Friday’s 2-1 victory that was decided by an unusual call. Carl Crawford scored the winning run when Seattle shortstop Jose Lopez was called for obstruction in the 10th inning.
“I’ve never seen a game end like that,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
The Mariners lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk, dropping his AL-leading average to .356.