SEATTLE (AP) – JP Crawford scored the winning run on Mitch Haniger’s 10th inning single and hit a grand slam to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Saturday night.
Tampa Bay hitter Brandon Lowe tied for 5 points with a solo home run in the start of the ninth against Kendall Graveman. Crawford had the opportunity to end the game late in the inning, but struck out a third-place man.
He took second in the bottom of the 10th as designated baserunner and scored on Haniger’s single to JP Feyereisen’s left field (3-3) for Seattle’s third straight win and sixth in his last seven.
“It’s great what he’s doing.” Seattle starter Logan Gilbert said. “This guy must be an All-Star.”
Crawford entered the game with an average of .346 in the lead this season. His first career slam helped the Rays suffer a fifth straight loss, a season-high. It was the Mariners’ 16th win from behind, and they are now 7-1 in extra innings.
Crawford’s right-field liner jumped off the wall and into the stands to cap a five-run second inning against Rays starter Josh Fleming. The Gold Glove shortstop said the slam was particularly emotional given the day, as the Mariners wore homecoming jerseys similar to the Seattle Steelheads from the Negro Leagues as a celebration of Juneteenth.
“It hit me a little differently today with everything going on with Juneteenth and wearing these jerseys,” said Crawford, who is black. “It was so special to me.”
When asked if he would keep his jersey, Crawford replied, “It’s in my backpack. I take this home and frame it. “
Former Rays player Jake Bauers added a single RBI in the second inning.
Hailed prospect Logan Gilbert struck out seven batters – including main hitter Randy Arozarena on three occasions – in 5 2/3 innings, scattering six hits without a goal. He ceded solo homers to Mike Zunino and Manuel Margot, which reduced the Mariners’ lead to 5-4 in the sixth. He was heading for his third straight win until Graveman’s breathless save, his first of the season in six attempts.
Rafael Montero (4-2) threw the 10th to win the match.
Joey Wendle and Zunino each produced a run in the second inning to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. But Kyle Seager, Tom Murphy and Bauers led the second with hits and Fleming accompanied Dylan Moore to charge the bases. He put out the next two batters on strikes before Crawford connected.
Fleming struck out five strikes in 6 1/3 innings with two walks. He allowed just three hits after the second inning, but regretted the lead he threw at Crawford.
“I didn’t think it was a bad shot. … I really see it as a shot that beat me, ”Fleming said.
The Rays called RHP Drew Rasmussen and offered INF Mike Brosseau to Triple-A Durham. Rasmussen, acquired May 21 from the Milwaukee Brewers in Willy Adames trade, made his debut, striking out four catches in 1 2/3 innings.
Mariners: An MRI scan shows muscle tension in RHP Justin Dunn’s right shoulder and it will be closed for two weeks, manager Scott Servais said. Once Dunn resumes the throw, he will be re-evaluated. Dunn retired after two innings in his last start and entered the 10-day injured list for the second time this month on Friday.
Spokes: LHP Shane McClanahan (2-2, 4.42) closes the series for the Rays. Seventy percent of McClanahan’s allowed points resulted in two outs.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-4, 5.44) has gone 0-2 since returning from the 10-day injured list for a sprained left forearm on May 31.
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