Gilbert and Frazier lead Mariners past error-prone Rays, 8-4

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Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez celebrates scoring behind Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

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Logan Gilbert pitched 5 2/3 innings scoreless, Adam Frazier hit a three-run double and the Seattle Mariners won their fourth straight, 8-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Frazier’s brace against Josh Fleming (2-2) came in a seven-run fourth inning for the Mariners that was made possible by back-to-back errors by shortstop Wander Franco and first baseman Ji -Man Choi.

“When things like that happen, you try to take advantage of it, and we’ve done a good job so far,” Gilbert said. “I think that says a lot about where we are, especially at the start of the season.”

Seattle, leaders of the AL West, won nine of 11.

“We had the big seven-run inning tonight, took advantage of a few errors on their side, but got some big hits, took advantage of a few guys in scoring position,” manager Scott Servais said. I know we have a lot of momentum.

The Rays squandered two chances to emerge unscathed in the fourth inning. The game was scoreless when Franco’s errant throw on a potential end-of-inning double play fly ball left the bases loaded with one out. Tom Murphy then hit a bouncer to Choi, whose low throw passed receiver Mike Zunino, allowing two runs to score.

“It wasn’t our hallmark. We went out and made a few mistakes, but that’s part of the game,” Zunino said. “Physical things happen. … Just a few unlucky rebounds after a few plays that didn’t work for us, and the game can sometimes get out of control pretty quickly.

Doubles from Julio Rodriguez and Frazier and a two-out single from Ty France led the rest of the runs in frame.

Fleming allowed seven unearned runs, the most by a pitcher since Philadelphia’s Mark Leiter Jr. allowed seven in the fifth inning against the New York Mets on Aug. 16, 2018.

Gilbert (3-0) allowed two hits and three walks while striking out seven and left the game with the Mariners up 8-0. The 24-year-old right-hander has allowed one earned run in four starts, and this is the first inning of his first start.

Rene Pinto and Franco hit two-run homers for the Rays against reliever Matt Koch in the seventh. Pinto’s homer was the first hit of his career while Franco went deep for the fourth time this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Servais, out of the squad for six days after testing positive for COVID-19, joined the squad just before the game. … C Luis Torrens has been reinstated from the COVID-injured list without missing a game.

Rays: Zunino left the game in the fourth inning with a strained left bicep. … C Francisco Mejia, the only Rays player to test positive so far, missed a fourth game on the COVID injured list.

NEXT

Mariners LHP Marco Gonzales (1-1, 3.29 ERA) will face off against a Rays opener in Wednesday night’s second game of the three-game series.

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