Mariners 10, Devil Rays 8, 11 innings

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Carlos Guillen made sure Seattle didn’t let an important win slip away, even if it took a few extra innings.

Guillen hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 11th inning as the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-8 on Tuesday night.

“I like to be more aggressive when guys are on base,” Guillen said.

John Mabry hit a leadoff infield single off Lance Carter (7-4), and pinch-runner Chad Meyers went to third on Bret Boone’s double.

Guillen, who tied a career high with five RBIs, followed with a double into the left-center field gap. Ben Davis drove in another run on a sacrifice fly three batters later.

“He’s one of those guys that if you have a spot where you need someone to produce, put him in there,” Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. “He seems to do the job everywhere we put him.”

Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2-1) pitched two innings and allowed an RBI single to Pete LaForest in the 11th for the victory, the Mariners’ fourth straight.

Seattle maintained its one-game lead over Boston in the AL wild-card race, and remained two behind Oakland in the AL West.

The Mariners overcame a season-high four errors. The miscues all came in the opening two innings.

“You can joke about those things after a win,” Melvin said. “That was ugly early on. But a win is a win.”

Carter allowed three runs and five hits in 2 1-3 innings in the loss.

Tampa Bay walked nine and lead the majors with 560.

“You know what I’m disappointed with … it’s something we’ve stressed all year,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “I’m not going to talk about it anymore.”

The game was delayed 12 minutes in the third inning when plate umpire John Hirschbeck left with a bruised lower left rib cage after he was hit by Boone’s foul tip. The injury wasn’t considered serious.

Second-base umpire Bill Welke replaced Hirschbeck behind the plate.

Ichiro Suzuki, 1-for-7, hit an RBI triple and Mabry had a pinch-hit RBI single during a two-run eighth that put the Mariners ahead 7-5.

Aubrey Huff tied it at 7 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. He has homered in seven of his past 11 games.

Davis hit a solo homer for Seattle, which trailed 4-0 after five innings.

Carl Crawford also homered for the Devil Rays, who lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

Damian Rolls gave the Devil Rays a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the second.

Rocco Baldelli had a run-scoring double and Marlon Anderson hit an RBI infield single during a three-run fifth that extended the Devil Rays’ lead to 4-0.

Boone had an RBI double and Guillen drove in a run with a grounder to get Seattle within 4-2 in the sixth.

Crawford’s solo homer in the bottom half gave Tampa Bay a 5-2 lead.

The Mariners tied it at 5 in the seventh on Davis’ solo homer and a two-run single by Guillen.

Tampa Bay starter Victor Zambrano allowed two runs and six hits over six innings. Seattle’s Joel Pineiro gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings.

“There were a lot of runs scored,” Piniella said. “It was an entertaining game. We had chances. We scored eight runs. I really don’t have much more tosay.”


Guillen also had five RBIs in the Mariners’ 9-3 win over the Devil Rays on Aug. 26. … Tampa Bay has walked seven or more 18 times. … Crawford hit into a double play in the fourth. It was just his second in 511 at-bats. … Seattle committed a season-high four errors during the first two innings. … Mariners SS Rey Sanchez was charged with two errors on one play in the first. He misplayed Huff’s grounder for the first error and then picked up the second with a bad throw attempting to get Julio Lugo at third. He had just two errorsin his previous 27 games.

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