The Seattle Mariners (23-23) 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays (24-24) pushed the team’s record back to .500 and completed the three game sweep. Seattle has dug itself out of its early season hole and are no sitting back in second place in the AL West, seven back of the division leading Houston Astros.
Two of the three games in Tampa, Fla. were nerve-wracking cardiac fest that somehow ended up in the Mariners win column. Wednesday’s game was won on a three-run Nelson Cruz bomb in the top of the ninth, and a complete game shutout by King Felix. Meanwhile Tuesday’s game saw Kyle Seager hit a grand slam to give Seattle a 6-3 lead…which Fernando Rodney coughed up in the ninth to send the game into extra innings; Seager than hit a solo shot to give the M’s the lead and the victory.
While Seattle getting back to .500 is nice to see, and good for the team’s record, the important part is that they’ve caught the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and leap frogged the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings with the win. Anaheim has gone 4-6 over the last ten games, and they’ve dropped further behind the Astros in the division…and behind the streaking Mariners who are 7-3 in that same stretch. Seattle has taken advantage of Anaheim struggles during the last ten games, and it’s put them within striking distance of the Astros.
But the Mariners have been winning more than their last ten game; in fact they’ve been on fire for all of May, as they have gone 12-6 — 6-3 at home and on the road — during the month. It’s exactly the kind of month the team needed after its 11-17 record in April.