ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Ackley drove in three runs, Roenis Elias won his second consecutive start, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 on Saturday.
Ackley hit a three-run double off Alex Cobb (1-4) during a four-run fifth that put the Mariners ahead 7-2. Willie Bloomquist added an RBI double in the inning.
Elias (5-4), coming off a three-hit shutout over Detroit last Sunday, was chased after giving up a two-run homer in the eighth to Evan Longoria that cut the Mariners' lead to 7-4. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings.
Fernando Rodney, the former Rays closer, pitched the ninth to get his 17th save in his first appearance at Tropicana Field since joining the Mariners as a free agent in February.
James Loney homered for the Rays, who had a stopped a 10-game losing streak by beating Seattle 4-0 Friday night.