SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Manuel Margot launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the scuffling Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Friday night for their seventh straight road win.
Mariners pinch-hitter Jarred Kelenic put Seattle up 6-5 in the eighth with a two-run homer. But the Rays jumped on reliever Paul Sewald (0-1) for a pair of one-out singles from Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe in the ninth. Sewald then served up Margot’s first homer of the season on a drive to left-center, the first runs he’s allowed in seven appearances.
The Rays erased three deficits to earn their sixth comeback win of the season and 52nd since the start of 2021.
Margot also had a big hit in a come-from-behind victory Wednesday against Oakland. Teammates and reporters joked in the clubhouse that his new nickname is “Manny Margot-Ahead.”
“I think it’s the preparation,” Margot said through a translator. “With a team like this, you don’t know when you’re going to play. If you don’t start, you’ve got to be ready to go at any given point in the game and you’ve got to be ready and prepare accordingly.”
Ty France hit a solo homer in the ninth, but the Mariners couldn’t catch the Rays in their fourth straight one-run loss to the two-time defending AL East champions. Brooks Raley earned his third save.
Seattle has dropped five in a row and nine of 10. Tampa Bay has won five straight — all on the road — and is 8-3 in a stretch of 16 games in as many days.
“We feel like we’re a good team. You like to win those tight ballgames,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve lost our share of one-run ballgames here in the past, so hopefully it’s evening out.”
Arozarena had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run….