The Mariners took the first two games of the series and will be looking to win three straight for only the third time this season.
Seattle (15-20) has recovered nicely after losing five of six at the start of the month. The Mariners have scored 14 runs in two games against the Devil Rays (13-21) and hit a home run for the first time since May 1 in Tuesday’s 8-1 win.
Carl Everett connected in the fifth inning for the Mariners’ first homer in nine games and also snapped a streak of 25 straight singles by Seattle hitters.
“We swung the bats well, Carl got the big solo home run to put us up by three runs,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “I think everyone throughout the lineup swung the bats very well.”
Jamie Moyer (1-2, 3.68 ERA) will try to lead the Mariners to the sweep when he takes the mound Wednesday. The 43-year-old left-hander hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, but has been hurt by a lack of run support. Seattle is scoring only 2.86 runs in his starts.
“It’s a long year, and to allow frustration to take over at this point is even going to make it a longer year,” said Moyer, who is 0-1 at home after going 10-0 at Safeco Field last season. “I try to avoid that.”
Moyer, whose 206 victories are sixth among active pitchers, is 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 13 starts against the Devil Rays.
Tampa Bay needs a victory to finish with a .500 record on its six-game road trip. The Devil Rays have been held to three runs or less in each contest on the trip and have slipped to eight games below .500 for the first time this season.
Tampa Bay has lost seven of its last nine games, but Scott Kazmir will be looking for his third straight victory.
Kazmir (4-2, 3.43) has allowed one run in three of his last four starts and the Devil Rays have rallied behind the 22-year-old left-hander, winning five of his last six outings.
He is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts against Seattle. Raul Ibanez is the only current Mariner to hit a homer off Kazmir.
Tampa Bay begins a nine-game homestand on Friday against Toronto. The Devil Rays have lost their last four contests at Tropicana Field.