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Young drives in four as Devil Rays down Mariners

Sep 17, 2007 - 12:50 AM By Paul Lowenberg PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Delmon Young drove in four runs and Carlos Pena homered to help rookie Andy Sonnanstine earn his fourth straight victory as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays battered the Seattle Mariners, 9-2, on Sunday afternoon.

The Devil Rays hammered Mariners pitchers for 15 hits, including five doubles and Pena's 40th home run, to earn a series split at Safeco Field.

"None of us thought he (Pena) would do that at the start of the year," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We thought he would hit well and hit with power, but not to the extent that he has."

Young had two hits, driving in a pair in the seventh and two more in the eighth to run his RBI total to 87 on the season.

The 22-year-old right fielder is thrusting himself into the discussion for American League Rookie of the Year with 16 RBI so far this month.

Sonnanstine lasted seven innings, yielding one run and six hits while walking two and striking out eight, as Tampa Bay handed the faltering Mariners their 17th loss in their last 22 games.

"Sonnie (Sonnanstine) really came through today," Maddon said. "We played a much better baseball game today and I really enjoyed that. But Sonnie set the tone for us today."

Sonnanstine gave credit to the three previous Tampa Bay starters, each of whom pitched very well in the first three games of the series.

"I feed off these guys," he said. "When they have a good start, I want to go out and have an even better start."

Jarrod Washburn (6-15), who fell to 1-9 in his last 13 starts, lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs while walking three and striking out six. His lifetime mark against the Devil Rays fell to 10-3 as he suffered his fifth consecutive loss.

Pena got the Devil Rays on the board with his solo blast in the fourth, but Seattle matched that when Adrian Beltre blasted his 25th over the left field fence in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 1-1.

The Devil Rays scored a pair of runs to break the deadlock and chase Washburn in the fifth inning.

After Dioner Navarro doubled and Jorge Velandia walked, Akinori Iwamura sacrificed them along to set the stage for Carl Crawford's double down the left field line, giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead. Washburn then walked the bases loaded, but reliever Jon Huber prevented further damage when he got Young to ground into a double play.

Jorge Velandia doubled home Brendan Harris in the sixth to extend the Tampa Bay lead to 4-1.

Seattle put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, but could not score, and loaded the bases with none out in the sixth, but again failed to produce a run.

After giving up leadoff singles to Ichiro Suzuki and Beltre, then walking Raul Ibanez, Sonnanstine struck out Jose Guillen and got Ben Broussard to hit into a double play to preserve the three-run lead.

"The whole infield came out to the mound and everybody was real positive and kept telling me I was going to get out of it," Sonnanstine said. "So, it pretty much made me believe I was."

Young's two run double and Harris' run-scoring single in the seventh inning gave the Devil Rays a 7-1 advantage and put the game away for the visitors.

"It's an uphill battle for sure and we need a lot of help," said Mariners manager John McLaren assessing his team's rapidly fading chances of earning the American League wild card berth. The loss dropped Seattle six games behind the New York Yankees for the playoff spot.

"We need a lot of help and we need to help ourselves," McLaren said. "My main thought is to finish strong. Just finish strong and see what happens."

The only negative note for the Devil Rays came when Crawford suffered a strained left groin. He will be evaluated and was listed as day-to-day.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 2 0 9 15 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, JON SWITZER (8TH), BRIAN STOKES (9TH) AND
    DIONER NAVARRO
    SEA - JARROD WASHBURN, JON HUBER (5TH), ERIC O'FLAHERTY
    (6TH), SEAN GREEN (7TH), J

    Sep 16 7:18 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHARLTON JIMERSON (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 9TH OFF BRIAN STOKES.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9, SEATTLE 2
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: W BLOOMQUIST (.272, 2 HR, 13 RBI)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 7:17 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED JORGE VELANDIA AND AKINORI
    IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.287, 3-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 6:50 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.250, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 6:23 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARLOS PENA AND B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.285, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 6:23 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE VELANDIA SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VELANDIA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.283, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 5:56 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED DIONER NAVARRO AND JORGE
    VELANDIA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    SEATTLE 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.275, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 5:21 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (25) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, SEATTLE 1
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.283, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 5:07 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (40) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JARROD WASHBURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, SEATTLE 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.308, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. MarinersSep 16 4:54 PM