Devil Rays 2, Mariners 1, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Seattle shortstop Jose Lopez helped Tampa Bay win without even touching the ball.
Carl Crawford scored the winning run when Lopez was called for obstruction in the 10th inning, giving the Devil Rays a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Crawford was on third with the bases loaded and one out when Tino Martinez hit a fly ball to left field. On the play, Lopez moved toward third and took a position between Crawford and left fielder Raul Ibanez.
Third base umpire Paul Emmel ruled that Lopez obstructed Crawford’s view of the catch and awarded Crawford home.
“Once the umpire told me to go home, I went home,” said Crawford, who claimed he had to move to side a little bit to see Ibanez.
Devil Rays third base coach Tom Foley saw the play develop.
“On the replay, we saw the shortstop, when he came in behind C.C., throw his shoulder up and that was the call,” Foley said. “(Crawford) was going to bluff it, go down the line and the throw came in and he wasn’t going. All of a sudden Paul yelled out obstruction.”
Lopez, who was charged with an error on the play, said he was just covering third base.
“That’s all I did,” he said through an interpreter. “I was doing everything all at once. I was looking at Raul, looking at home, seeing what was going to happen. I looked back and the umpires pointed at me. Everybody was in shock to see what happened.”
Seattle manager Bob Melvin argued the call unsuccessfully.
Crawford opened the 10th with a single off Clint Nageotte (1-6) and went to second on Julio Lugo’s sacrifice bunt. After Aubrey Huff was intentionally walked, Rocco Baldelli loaded the bases by drawing a walk on four pitches.
“I’ve never seen a game end like that,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
Brazelton allowed one unearned run and two hits in eight innings.
The Mariners didn’t get a hit after Brazelton gave up singles to Boone and Edgar Martinez in the third. Martinez was the only Seattle baserunner after the third inning, reaching on a walk in the fifth.
Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk, dropping his AL-leading average to .356.
Mariners starter Ryan Franklin gave up one run and seven hits over seven innings.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the second when Dan Wilson scored from second when Tampa Bay third baseman Aubrey Huff was charged with an error after misplaying Lopez’s grounder.
Seattle failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the third. Brazelton ended the threat by retiring Justin Leone on a fly to right.
Tampa Bay tied it at 1-all in the fourth when Baldelli scored from third on Cruz’s pop fly to shallow left that was caught by Lopez.
“If Ibanez’s catches it, Rock’s not going to go,” Foley said. “When the shortstop caught it backing up, Rocco just took off. It’s a good play by him, heads up.”
Melvin said the game-ending play can’t be protested because it was a judgment call. … The Mariners traded LHP Mike Myers to Boston for a player to be named or cash. RHP Cha Seung Baek was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Myers. … Crawford stole second in the first inning. He leads the majors with 46 stolen bases.