The Mariners failed to produce runs for Roenis Elias again. (Photo: Mariners)
SEATTLE (AP) -- Erasmo Ramirez beat his former team, combining with four relievers to help the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night.
Ramirez (4-2), who was traded to the Rays on March 31, held Seattle to one run and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Xavier Cedeno, Brandon Gomes, Jake McGee and Kevin Jepsen gave up three hits and no runs over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Jepsen picked up his second save in four opportunities.
Mark Trumbo, acquired by Seattle in a six-player trade with Arizona on Wednesday, had a pair of singles in his Mariners debut.
Roenis Elias (2-3) went eight strong innings, allowing two runs and five hits in the loss for the Mariners - their sixth straight. Seattle had won six in a row against Tampa Bay.
Joey Butler opened the Rays' two-run fourth with a single to right. With one out, Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch. Butler and Forsythe then pulled off a double steal. Steven Souza Jr. followed with an RBI single to center, ending Elias' 0-for-16 slump with runners in scoring position, over four-plus starts.
Forsythe scored on Jake Elmore fielder's choice.
Robinson Cano's run-scoring single in the fifth made it 2-1, capping the scoring. The Mariners have played 37 games decided by two runs or fewer.
Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained lat), on the DL since April 24, threw 27 pitches off the mound in the bullpen before the game. He said he feels better "but I'm not there yet." He'll have another bullpen session Sunday and again Wednesday in Cleveland. If he progresses, he'll be sent out on a rehab assignment. 1B Logan Morrison (back spasms) was a late scratch.
Rays: OF Desmond Jennings (left knee bursitis), on the DL since May 3 - missing 35 games - will see a knee specialist this week to determine his progress. LHP Matt Moore, working his way back from Tommy John surgery on April 22 last season, will have a second rehab assignment this week. It's not certain when or where. He threw 52 pitches in his first one Wednesday for Single-A Charlotte.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was named to Ned Yost's American League coaching staff for the 86th All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
"Cincinnati is where I started my big league career," McClendon said. "It'll be fun to go back and visit with some folks."
Yost told him in spring training that he wanted him on his staff. "I'm very appreciative he thought of me," McClendon said.
Entering the game, the Rays had allowed just 192 runs, second-fewest in club history after 54 games (187 in 2010). But they also have scored the third-fewest in club history, 207.
Mariners: LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 370) faced the Rays less than two weeks ago in Tampa, a six-inning no-decision. He allowed seven hits and three runs in an eventual Seattle 7-6 victory. Over his last three starts against Tampa, he is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Overall, he has had three wins and five no-decisions over his past eight starts
Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 2.61) has been stingy against the Mariners in his three career starts. He is 1-1 with an 0.69 ERA, having given up just one run and six hits in 13 innings. He's coming off a 9-5 win over Baltimore on Sunday despite giving up a season-high three home runs.