ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Kyle Seager homered in the eighth and 10th innings off Tampa Bay's two best relievers Tuesday night, handing the Rays their fourth straight loss and nullifying a late comeback.
"I was able to get ahead early and made a bad pitch," Boxberger said after giving up his first home run of the season and only his third run. "I pretty much threw it right down the middle and he didn't miss it, that's for sure."
The game-winner, Seager's 10th home run of the season, came after the Rays had rallied for three runs off Fernando Rodney (2-2) to tie the game in the ninth.
"It was a very emotional game, had its momentum turns for sure," said Seager, who drove in six runs with three hits and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. "Everybody's very excited, but it was a long one too so I think people are pretty tired as well."
Seager's eighth-inning slam off McGee had given the Mariners a 6-3 lead.
Evan Longoria's bases-loaded double off the top of the wall, his third hit of the game, drove in two of the ninth-inning runs for the Rays.
The loss dropped the Rays a half-game behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
"Obviously when you come back like that, you get frustrated when you put yourself in a position to win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But there were plenty of other things to get frustrated about. We got beat with our best guys out on the mound."
Joe Beimel pitched the 10th for his first save.
McGee gave up the grand slam on the first pitch after second baseman Nick Franklin's error on a potential double-play ball.
Jake Elmore, who had his first multi-hit game on Monday after being called up from Triple-A Durham, drove in four runs for Tampa Bay with a couple of two-out singles.
Rays starter Alex Colome gave up two runs and four hits in a 38-pitch first inning in which he contributed one of the Rays' three defensive misplays.
Austin Jackson, Seth Smith and Robinson Cano opened the game with singles, marking the third straight game the Rays have fallen behind before getting an out. Seager followed with a one-out bouncer which Colome fielded, but threw low to the plate, allowing Smith to score.
Elmore tied it with a bases-loaded, two-out single in the first off J.A. Happ, who pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and three runs.
The first inning took 45 minutes, including a 2-minute, 57-second review of the play at the plate.
Colome gave up two runs and five hits, leaving in the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead.
Mariners: Jackson returned to the lineup after a nine-game rehab assignment. Jackson sprained his right ankle on May 3, missing 19 games.
Rays: OF-DH John Jaso, who injured his left wrist in the first inning on opening day, remains unable to resume baseball activity. "He'll do something and then the next day, the soreness will kind of come back in," Cash said.
Seattle RHP Felix Hernandez (7-1, 2.19) will oppose Tampa Bay RHP Chris Archer (5-4, 2.40) in the final game of the three-games series. Hernandez is 5-2 in 14 career starts against the Rays, but is 0-2 at Tropicana Field.
FOR CASH'S MONEY
Asked for his opinion on which of his players are most worthy of All-Star consideration, Cash mentioned, in this order, Boxberger, Archer, Longoria and RHP Jake Odorizzi.
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