SEATTLE – Erasmo Ramirez doesn’t usually have to be on top of his game to earn a win.
On Sunday, Ramirez was at his best, but it still didn’t matter
The young right-hander gave the Mariners a nearly spotless performance, but it was not enough as the Tampa Bay Rays came from behind for a 4-1 win over Seattle.
Ramirez entered the contest with just over six runs of support per game, the highest among all Mariners starters this season. He made do with just one run into the seventh inning Sunday, but the bullpen couldn’t preserve the stellar start as the Rays scored three times in the eighth off reliever Yoervis Medina (4-5).
After the combination of Ramirez and reliever Charlie Furbush delivered a 1-0 lead to the back end of the Seattle bullpen, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth.
Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch from Medina to start the frame and Luke Scott walked.
James Loney followed with a tying double that landed just inside the right-field line.
Sean Rodriguez, hitting for Matt Joyce, stepped into the box and singled sharply up the middle off new reliever Oliver Perez to score Scott. Loney also came home when center fielder Abraham Almonte bobbled the ball for an error.
The loss spoiled what would have been Ramirez’s sixth win of the season. The righty scattered four hits and worked around four walks before he was lifted after the first two runners reached in the seventh. After issuing a walk, Furbush escaped a bases-loaded situation unscathed with a double play and fly out.
“I thought Erasmo was good,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I loved his aggressiveness early in the game and he was able to hang on to it and sustain it.”
Kendrys Morales led off the Seattle second with his 20th homer of the season and 99th of his career. It was just one of five hits the Mariners were able to record.
Seattle was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
Brad Miller accounted for two hits, singling in his first two at-bats.