SEATTLE — Matt Garza became the American League’s first five-game winner, Evan Longoria had the go-ahead hit in the eighth inning off Cliff Lee and the Tampa Bay Rays kept rolling with an 8-3 victory Wednesday night over a Seattle Mariners team beset by issues.
Garza allowed five hits in eight innings before Grant Balfour allowed a run in the ninth, and Ben Zobrist preserved a tie defensively before sparking the decisive rally for the Rays, who are 11-1 on the road. That’s the major league’s best start away from home since the 2003 Yankees also started 11-1.
At 20-7, Tampa Bay extended the best AL start since the 2005 Chicago White Sox.
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