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Seattle Mariners

Mariners play spoiler, knock Rays out of contention

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jose Lopez hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night, eliminating the defending AL champions from the postseason.

Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run homer for the Mariners , who ended Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak. Lopez gave Seattle a 4-3 lead on his 25th homer this season, coming off Dan Wheeler (4-5) with one out in the eighth.

Miguel Batista (7-4) struck out three over two perfect innings before Mark Lowe pitched the ninth for his third save. B.J. Upton drove in two runs for Tampa Bay, which has won five of eight after an 11-game losing skid.

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