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Mariners hold off Rays 4-3 for 16th win in 20 games

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018

By Dick Scanlon Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Seattle Mariners got another big start from Marco Gonzales and needed a big play from catcher Mike Zunino to keep up their winning ways.

Gonzales won his fourth consecutive start and the surging Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night for their 16th victory in 20 games.

Zunino threw out Joey Wendle at second base on a stolen-base attempt for the final out of Seattle’s 20th one-run win of the season.

“We might as well make it close, right?” Zunino said. “It’s just sort of how we’re built.”

After cruising to a 4-1 lead behind Gonzales until the eighth inning, the Mariners had to hold on.

“We find a way to get it to one run,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I wish we had a little more ability to stretch, but it happens. We’ll take it.”

Gonzales (7-3) left the game after taking a throw at first base too late to retire a sliding Mallex Smith in the eighth.

“I was trying to avoid the helmet. I didn’t want to step on that that, snap my ankle,” he said. “I was just thankful I didn’t get hurt.”

The left-hander gave up two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, the longest start of his career. Gonzales is 4-0 with a 0.81 ERA over his past five starts.

Christian Arroyo had a solo homer in the fifth and C.J. Cron added a two-run shot in the eighth off former teammate Alex Colome, pulling the Rays within a run.

However, Edwin Diaz got the final four outs for his 22nd save in 25 opportunities, finishing the Mariners’ 20th one-run win of the season and sending the Rays to their eighth straight loss.

Singles by Guillermo Heredia and Daniel Vogelbach helped the Mariners take a 2-0 lead in the third inning off Rays starter Wilmer Font.

Mitch Haniger drove in one of the Mariners’ two runs off Rays reliever Matt Andriese with a single in the fifth, pushing Seattle’s lead to 4-0. It was Haniger’s 47th RBI of the season, tying a career high.

Arroyo’s first home run got the Rays on the board and Cron got them within one with his 14th. Font (0-3) gave up two runs and two hits while striking out five in 2 1/3 innings in his first major league start.

An error on third baseman Kyle Seager – Seattle’s first error in 16 games – gave the Rays a scoring opportunity in the third, but Gonzales struck out Matt Duffy with the bases loaded to end it.

Trainer’s room

Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio was placed on the 10-day disabled list with swelling in his right knee. … Reliever Dan Altavilla was also placed on the 10-day DL and returned to Seattle to have doctors check the tightness in his right forearm. … Reliever Nick Vincent (strained right groin) will pitch one inning in a rehab assignment this weekend.

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