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Rays edge Mariners

Jun 5, 2015 - 5:31 AM Seattle, WA ( - Jake Elmore drove in the eventual game- winner and the Tampa Bay Rays took a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a four-game series.

Erasmo Ramirez (4-2) allowed a run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts, while Steven Souza Jr. drove in the other run for the Rays, who have won three straight and five of six.

Robinson Cano drove in the only run of the game for the Mariners, who have lost their last six games. Roenis Elias (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits over eight innings to take the loss.

"We got men on base tonight but we just couldn't bring them in," said Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "It's frustrating, that's for sure, but I believe that at some point we're going to start driving them in."

New Mariner Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 in his debut. The team acquired him and pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in exchange for catcher Welington Castillo, pitcher Dominic Leone and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer.

Tampa drew first blood in the fourth inning. Joey Butler led off with a single and Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch two batters later. After a double steal left both runners in scoring position, Souza punched a single to center to score Butler and Elmore followed with a groundout for a 2-0 lead.

Kyle Seager led off the Seattle fourth with a double, but was stranded there after Ramirez struck out the next three batters.

The Mariners did get one back in the fifth, though, as Dustin Ackley and Austin Jackson singled with one out and Cano followed with a basehit to make it a 2-1 game. Cano, though, got picked off at first and, after Nelson Cruz walked, Seager grounded out to end the frame.

Seth Smith doubled with one out in the sixth and moved to third on a Brad Miller groundout, but Brandon Gomes came on and struck out Mike Zunino to end the game.

Kevin Jepsen allowed a leadoff walk to Zunino to start the ninth and Ackley sacrificed pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist over to second. Jepsen, though, struck out the next two batters for his second save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mariners stranded 10 men on base as the team went just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Seattle recalled catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma and designated outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment.