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Rodney Gives Up Rays Ninth-Inning Blast, Mariners Fall 1-0

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Fernando Rodney let another type of arrow fly in the Mariners loss to Tampa Bay. (Photo: Mariners) Fernando Rodney let another type of arrow fly in the Mariners loss to Tampa Bay. (Photo: Mariners)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Logan Forsythe stroked a ninth-inning home run off struggling Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 victory Friday.

Rodney (2-3) threw an inside fastball on a 2-1 pitch to Forsythe, who lifted it over the left-field wall for his seventh home run. Rodney has allowed a run in nine of 13 appearances since May 1.

The Mariners have lost seven straight, all during this homestand, and have been outscored 28-13, leaving 62 runners on base. They are hitting just .159 (10 of 63) with runners in scoring position.

Seattle's ineffective offense was no more apparent than in the ninth after Austin Jackson led off with a triple to right off Kevin Jepson. Right-fielder Steven Souza Jr. made a desperate dive for it, but it rolled to the wall.

With the infield drawn in, Brad Miller struck out. Mike Zunino popped out foul to right, and Dustin Ackley flied out to left, to the accompaniment of a cascade of boos.

Andrew Bellatti (2-0), who worked three innings, earned the victory. Jepsen got his third save in five opportunities.

Logan Morrison had a third-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. His career best is 13 straight last season.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi had to leave with one out in the fifth with a left side tightness. He allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out four.

J.A. Happ started and went seven innings for the Mariners. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six. He has had three wins and six no-decisions over his past nine starts

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: LHP Matt Moore is getting closer to a return after 14 months since his Tommy John surgery. He'll have his second rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday for Class-A Charlotte (Florida State League). He's expected to throw 60-65 pitches. He'll likely have three more starts before the club decides if he's ready.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained lat) will throw off the mound Sunday, in the range of 35-40 pitches. He'll have another session Wednesday, then the club will assess if and where he'll go out on a rehab assignment. ... 1B Logan Morrison, who missed Thursday's game with back spasms - triggered in the batting cage before the game - was back in the lineup.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Alex Colome (3-2, 5.05) did not get a fair shake over his two recent starts. He matches up against 2010 Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez on Saturday, and last Monday dueled with L.A. Angels ace Garrett Richards. He lost that matchup 7-3, allowing three home runs, but matched his season-high six innings. He has allowed seven home runs in 35 2-3 innings.

Mariners: RHP Hernandez (8-2, 2.63) is coming off is worst outing of the season. He gave up seven runs in 4 2-3 innings Monday in a 7-2 loss to the Yankees. In his previous start against the Ray on May 27 in Tampa, he had his season's best outing, a complete game 3-0 shutout. He allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out eight.

GETTING ON, GETTING IN

What shows up most alarmingly for the struggling Mariners offense this season is a woeful average - just .215 - with runners in scoring position. That prompted the club to trade with Arizona for slugger Mark Trumbo on Wednesday. "We were 1 for 11 out there (Thursday in a 2-1 loss)," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We need somebody to drive them in, drive `em in from first. Better yet, drive them in from home. I'll take a three-run homer any day."

BUTLER'S DOING IT

After seven-plus seasons toiling in the minor leagues, Rays OF Joey Butler is turning into an "overnight" success story. Since his promotion May 3, Butler is hitting .348 with six doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs. "We all knew that he was going to hit if given consistent at-bats," said Rays manager Kevin Cash, who was his teammate at Triple-A Round Rock in 2011. "Now to put the pressure on to say he's going to continue to hit .350, I don't think that's fair, but we'll take it as long as it lasts."

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