American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, May 14th (All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (17-23) at Seattle Mariners (20-19), 3:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 5.79) Seattle - Brandon Maurer (1-1, 6.20)
(SportsNetwork.com) - After getting a gem from David Price, the Tampa Bay Rays turn to Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday afternoon for the rubber match of a three- game series with the Seattle Mariners.
Odorizzi is hoping to win for the first time since April 4, with the right- hander having lost his past three decisions and notching his second straight no-decision on Friday versus Cleveland. It was an encouraging outing, though, as Odorizzi fanned a career-high 11 batters over five scoreless innings.
Still, Odorizzi is 1-3 on the year with a 5.79 earned run average, but has gone 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA in four road starts this season.
The 24-year-old has never faced Seattle.
Price helped Tampa Bay even this series last night with a complete-game victory, giving up one run on six hits while striking out 12. He was in line for a tough-luck loss until the Rays scored twice in the ninth inning for a 2-1 win.
The Mariners carried a 1-0 lead into the ninth after Hisashi Iwakuma tossed an eight-inning gem, limiting the Rays to just four hits while striking out five.
Fernando Rodney, who spent his previous two seasons with the Rays and recorded 85 saves in that span, came in for a save attempt, but yielded a game-tying homer to David DeJesus to start the frame.
After Rodney retired the next two batters, James Loney and Desmond Jennings had consecutive singles to set up Matt Joyce's single that chased home the winning run.
"You have to come in and make good pitches," said Rodney. "They beat me tonight. I didn't throw a lot of strikes."
Price, who had thrown 97 pitches through eight, toed the slab for his ninth inning of work after the heroics in the top of the frame and struck out two in a 1-2-3 stanza to secure the win.
Joyce had three hits for Tampa, which had lost six of seven entering Tuesday's matchup.
"The guys battled right to the very end, that's the one thing I can say about all this," said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. "We play nine innings hard every night."
Seattle had plated 12 runs in winning Monday's opener and will try to rebound for the series win today behind 23-year-old Brandon Maurer, who made his fourth start of the season on Friday in a game against Kansas City.
The right-hander took a 6-1 loss, giving up six runs, four of those earned, over 7 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter nor record a strikeout, while all 14 hits he gave up were singles.
"Most of them were bleeders or hit perfect in the right spot," said Maurer, who is 1-1 with a 6.20 ERA this season.
Maurer has made one previous relief appearance versus the Rays, but will make his first career start against them.
These two clubs split six meetings last year, with Seattle winning two of three at home.
05/14 10:40:55 ET