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Relaford, Boone help Mariners edge Devil Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Lou Piniella felt fortunate to be
talking about another Seattle victory.

The Mariners beat Tampa Bay 2-1 Friday night, extending the
Devil Rays' losing streak to eight games despite going just
1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

"Our pitching has been solid. That's why we've been able to
maintain our position in our division,'' said Piniella, whose team
leads the AL West.

"We're going to have to break out offensively. We've got too
much talent here who have hit in the past. I think the numbers have
to start equalizing themselves, somehow. Let's hope they do
quickly.''

Jamie Moyer (9-4) pitched two-hit ball over 7 1/3 innings to
improve to 6-2 lifetime in nine starts against Tampa Bay, which has
only scored one run in its last 27 innings.

Bret Boone had a RBI single in the sixth inning and Desi
Relaford drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth when he grounded
into a force play with the bases loaded against Travis Harper
(3-6).

Moyer, who struck out the side in the sixth, retired the last 11
batters he faced. The left-hander allowed Randy Winn's single and
Steve Cox's sacrifice fly in the first, then limited the Devil Rays
to Aubrey Huff's fourth-inning single over the next six innings.

Jeff Nelson got the last two outs in the eighth and Kazuhiro
Sasaki finished the combined four-hitter by pitching the ninth to
get his 22nd save in 26 opportunities.

Winn, Tampa Bay's representative in the All-Star Game, doubled
with one out in the ninth but wound up stranded at third.

The Devil Rays, who have the worst record in the majors, fell to
0-8 in July despite getting seven strong innings from starting
pitcher Paul Wilson.

"It's relatively simple. We didn't get it done. And that's
it,'' Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said. The Devil Rays have played
an AL-high 46 games decided by one or two runs and only won 17 of
them.

"I can't come up with a legitimate excuse for losing every
night. It's foolish to try,'' McRae added. "We just didn't get it
done.''

The Mariners have struggled at the plate with men in scoring
position this month, going 5-for-43 in those situations the week
leading up to the All-Star break. They were 1-for-9 in Thursday
night's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay and wasted three opportunities to
put runs on the board in the first five innings against Wilson.

Ichiro Suzuki and John Olerud singled and Edgar Martinez was hit
by a pitch to load the bases with one out in the first. Carlos
Guillen struck out and Boone grounded into a force play to end the
inning.

Wilson worked out of a jam with runners at second and third when
he struck out Dan Wilson in the fourth. Suzuki doubled with one out
in the fifth, but was stranded when Mark McLemore fanned and Olerud
flied out.

"We had some chances, but the key is winning the games,''
Martinez said.

Seattle broke through in the sixth to tie it 1-1 when Guillen
doubled and scored on Boone's single. Relaford reached on an error,
but the potential for a big inning was thwarted when Dan Wilson
grounded into a double play.

Paul Wilson, who's 0-3 in 10 starts since May 12, allowed one
run and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked
two.

Game notes
Suzuki went 2-for-5 and leads the majors with 40 multihit
games. He has at least one hit in 73 of 84 starts. ... The Mariners
are 0-for-4 with the bases loaded in the series. ... Winn stole
second base in the first inning, becoming Tampa Bay's all-time
steals leader with 70. ... Wilson has worked six-plus innings in 20
of his last 23 starts. ... Seattle's Mike Cameron broke an 0-for-12
skid with a fifth-inning single. ... Devil Rays RHP Kevin
McGlinchy, who's on the 60-day disabled list, underwent exploratory
surgery on his right shoulder and will not pitch the remainder of
the season.