SEATTLE (AP) — Robbie Ray pitched into the sixth inning and had 10 strikeouts, the most by a Seattle pitcher this season, and the Mariners beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Ray (3-3) gave up two runs on two hits while walking two in 5 2/3 innings.
“I definitely felt like everything was clicking tonight,” Ray said. “There’s still work to be done, but I felt like this was a really, really good step in the right direction.”
Nick Castellanos, Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura had solo homers for Philadelphia, which has lost six of eight. Phillies manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the second inning for arguing when the Mariners’ Adam Frazier was called safe after inadvertently knocking the ball out of first baseman Hoskins’ glove on a play that led to a Seattle run.
Ray started with four perfect innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. He gave up Castellanos’ leadoff homer and struggled with his control as Segura scored on a walk and a pair of wild pitches. Ray gave up a second walk and only got out of the inning when catcher Luis Torrens threw out Matt Vierling on a third-strike wild pitch that went to the backstop.
Ray came back out in the sixth and got two more strikeouts before giving up one of Bryce Harper’s two doubles on the night.
Seattle signed last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner to a $115 million, five-year deal as a free agent in the offseason.
“I thought it was one of his better games he’s had so far as a Mariner,” manager Scott Servais said. “Really sharp. The fastball had really good life up in the zone, and that’s where he’s at his best. Fastball at the top and slider down below.”
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