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Rays rally in eighth to beat Mariners

Seattle Mariners pitcher Yoervis Medina, second from right, stands on the mound with teammates Kyle Seager (15), Brad Miller, upper left, and Justin Smoak, right,  as Medina waits to be pulled from the game  in the eighth inning on Sunday. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners pitcher Yoervis Medina, second from right, stands on the mound with teammates Kyle Seager (15), Brad Miller, upper left, and Justin Smoak, right, as Medina waits to be pulled from the game in the eighth inning on Sunday. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

SEATTLE — Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Seattle Mariners 4-1 Sunday to build their wild-card edge.

The Rays lead Baltimore and Cleveland, who both lost, by two games for the second A.L. wild-card spot.

Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. Rodriguez broke a tie with an RBI single and another run came home when center fielder Abraham Almonte bobbled the ball for an error.

The Rays began their 10-game road trip in sole possession of the first wild-card spot and a four-game lead on the second wild-card position. Tampa Bay completed the swing at just 3-7.



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