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Jackson, Rays blank Mariners to salvage series finale

Apr 10, 2008 - 8:22 PM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Last year, it took Edwin Jackson three months to get two wins. This year, he needed only two starts.

Jackson allowed just two hits in eight innings as the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Seattle Mariners, 7-0, Thursday.

Jackson (2-0) walked four and struck out six to lower his season ERA to 0.64. The hard-throwing righthander worked six innings Saturday to win his season debut against the New York Yankees.

Jackson began last season with eight straight losses before getting his first win on June 24. He didn't get his second victory last year until July 20, when he was 2-9.

"I'm not doing anything different," Jackson said. "It's always good to get a win. The main thing was it was a team effort. The defense made some great plays.

"I've done my share of killing the bullpen, so it's time to pick them up."

Jackson allowed only a fourth-inning single to Adrian Beltre and a sixth-inning single to Raul Ibanez. Trever Miller pitched the ninth for the Rays, who snapped a four-game skid and won at home for the first time this season.

"As a pitcher, you always want to go out for the ninth," Jackson said. "But (Joe Maddon) is the manager and it was his decision. It was a lot of pressure after losing four in a row."

Eric Hinske snapped a scoreless tie with his second homer of the season, a solo blast in the fourth inning off Mariners starter Miguel Batista (0-2).

"Hinske's home run, finally putting us ahead 1-0 was big," Maddon said.

Mike DiFelice added two hits and three RBI for the Rays, who salvaged the finale of their three-game series with the Mariners.

"This was real important," DiFelice said. "You don't want to get on much of a slide."

Leading 2-0, Tampa Bay broke it open with a five-run seventh. After allowing singles to Akinori Iwamura and Carl Crawford, Batista was replaced by Eric O'Flaherty, who promptly plunked Carlos Pena to load the bases.

B.J. Upton followed with a two-run single. Two batters later, Roy Corcoran relieved O'Flaherty and issued a bases-loaded walk to Justin Ruggiano. DiFelice followed with a two-run single to cap the outburst.

"That five-run inning allowed us to settle down," Maddon said.

Batista allowed four runs and eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings. The righthander did not yield a hit until Hinske's homer.

Beltre had two of three hits for the Mariners, who were shut out a day after scoring a season-high seven runs.

"Jackson had pretty good command," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "I never saw him before. What I've heard about him is that he is erratic - he's either real good or he's off. I was very impressed with the guy."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0 x 7 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA, ERIC O'FLAHERTY (7TH), ROY CORCORAN (7TH),
    MARK LOWE (8TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA
    TAM - EDWIN JACKSON, TREVER MILLER (9TH) AND MIKE
    DIFELICE

    HOM

    Apr 10 3:07 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE DIFELICE SCORED B.J. UPTON AND JONNY GOMES.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M DIFELICE ON FIRST, J RUGGIANO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.200, 0-FOR-3)

    Mariners 0, Rays 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 10 2:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JUSTIN RUGGIANO SCORED CARLOS PENA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J RUGGIANO ON FIRST, J GOMES ON SECOND, B
    UPTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: M DIFELICE (.333, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Mariners 0, Rays 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 10 2:45 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA AND CARL
    CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E HINSKE (.333, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Mariners 0, Rays 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 10 2:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE DIFELICE SCORED JONNY GOMES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DIFELICE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.207, 0-FOR-2)

    Mariners 0, Rays 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 10 2:31 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ERIC HINSKE (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MIGUEL BATISTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.200, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Mariners 0, Rays 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 10 2:18 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA
    TAM - EDWIN JACKSON

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.080, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    Y BETANCOURT (.344, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    I SUZUKI (.300, 0-FOR-1

    Mariners 0, Rays 0  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 10 2:04 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RICHIE SEXSON (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF EDWIN JACKSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.147, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners 1, Rays 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 10 1:46 PM