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Elias leads Mariners past struggling Rays

St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Roenis Elias hurled 7 2/3 solid innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-4 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second tilt of a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Saturday,

Coming off the first shutout of his career, Elias (5-4) allowed four runs on five hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Dustin Ackley drove in three and scored two runs, while Willie Bloomquist collected two RBI and Cole Gillespie had a solo homer for the Mariners, winners in six of their last seven contests.

Alex Cobb (1-4), who has lost three straight starts, was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in his shortest outing of the year.

Evan Longoria smashed a two-run homer and James Loney had on a solo shot for the Rays, who snapped their 10-game losing skid in Friday's series opener.

Gillespie ripped a solo home run to center in the second to put the Mariners up 1-0.

Loney answered in the home half with his own solo shot to tie the game, and Ali Solis' sacrifice bunt plated Yunel Escobar later in the frame to give Tampa a brief lead.

Ackley singled to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on a Brad Miller base hit. Bloomquist drove in Ackley with a line-drive single to center. An Endy Chavez sac fly gave Seattle a 3-2 lead.

Seattle added four more runs in the fifth to extend the advantage to 7-2.

Two base hits around a walk loaded the bases to start the frame, and Ackley cleared them with a double into the right-center field gap. Bloomquist then greeted Rays reliever Cesar Ramos, driving a two-run double to left to score Ackley.

Longoria smashed a two-run home run to left field to cut the deficit to 7-4. Desmond Jennings doubled to reach base earlier in the frame.

Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth inning to collect his 17th save of the season.

Game Notes

It was Gillespie's first homer since Sept. 28, 2011 ... The Rays introduced a commemorative patch in honor of Don Zimmer which they will wear starting on Sunday for the remainder of the season ... Rays reliever Kirby Yates pitched 1 1/3 innings without allowing a base runner in his major league debut ... Tampa Bay went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

06/07 19:49:14 ET

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