Mariners buoyed by strong outing from Villone

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners got a rare road
win. Manager Bob Melvin missed all of it.

Ron Villone allowed two runs in six-plus innings and Miguel
Olivo hit a three-run homer, leading the Mariners over the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays 5-2 Saturday night.

Melvin was ejected while exchanging lineup cards before the game
when he argued with crew chief Joe West. It came one day after
Seattle lost to Tampa Bay when the winning run scored on a disputed
obstruction call in the 10th inning.

"I didn't intentionally want to go out there and get thrown
out, but I got a little more heated than I probably should have,"
Melvin said. "I don't blame him for throwing me out. I just
brought up some of the things I probably shouldn't have brought up
from last night. Now it is over, at least in my mind."

Carl Crawford was on third with the bases loaded and one out
Friday night when Tino Martinez hit a fly ball to left field.
Mariners shortstop Jose Lopez moved toward third and positioned
himself between Crawford and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

Third base umpire Paul Emmel ruled that Lopez obstructed
Crawford's view of the catch and awarded Crawford home.

Coming off a poor start, Villone (4-2) gave up four hits, three
walks and struck out two. He allowed seven runs over 3 2/3 innings
in the Mariners' 9-7 loss Tuesday at Baltimore.

"I think everybody kind of enjoys that because from the get-go
-- maybe even before the get-go -- I guess it's a little spark in a
sense," Villone said of Melvin's ejection. "We'll take any

Olivo made it 4-0 with his three-run shot in the second for
Seattle, which is 3-10 on a 14-game road trip. Two of the wins have
come in the past three games against Tampa Bay.

The Mariners are 16-42 on the road, winning just three of their
last 25 away from Safeco Field.

J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his first career save.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 Saturday and is hitting an
AL-best .357. He has 32 hits in last 62 at-bats.

Aubrey Huff hit his 20th homer of the season for Tampa Bay. It's
his third straight year of 20 or more.

Mark Hendrickson (8-10) gave up five runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3
innings for the Devil Rays, who are 7-5 during a season-long
13-game homestand.

Tampa Bay is hitting .191 and has scored 29 runs the past 10

"I don't know what to do," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella
said. "What can I do?"

Piniella then asked reporters for suggestions. The first
response was to put names in a hat to choose a lineup.

"We're getting close to it, I can tell you that," Piniella
said. "Better suggestion is to work the waiver wires and see if we
can get a couple hitters in here. That would be a better

Bret Boone put the Mariners up 1-0 with an RBI single in the
first. The lead grew to 4-0 when Olivo hit a three-run homer one
inning later.

Huff pulled Tampa Bay to 4-1 with his solo homer in the fourth.

Seattle left six runners -- including five in scoring position --
on base through the fifth.

Bucky Jacobsen extended the Seattle lead to 5-1 with a sacrifice
fly in the seventh. Tampa Bay got the run back in the bottom half
on Rey Sanchez's sacrifice fly.

Plate umpire Mike DiMuro was involved in a strange play in the

Tampa Bay's Julio Lugo walked on Villone's pitch that went to
the backstop. As Lugo went to first, DiMuro handed catcher Olivo a
new baseball.

After a short pause, Lugo took a couple steps from first toward
second, but play had already been stopped.

"I asked for the ball from the umpire," Olivo said. "I
thought he hit the ball with the bat. He called ball four. I don't
know. It got crazy out there. It confused me."

Game notes
Suzuki has a major league-leading 54 multihit games this
season. ... Huff had gone five games without an RBI. He has driven
in 19 runs in his last 23 games. ... Boone has a 12-game hitting