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Murphy homers twice as Mariners rout Rays

Tom Murphy hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3 Monday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Austin Nola also homered for the Mariners, who improved to 5-2 on their nine-game trip to Detroit, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows went deep for the Rays, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. The Rays' lead over the idle Oakland A's for the American League's second and final wild card was trimmed to one game.

Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (13-10) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Rays rookie left-hander Brendan McKay (2-3) was knocked out after two innings. McKay allowed seven runs, although only three were earned because of a couple of errors, on three hits with three walks and one strikeout.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, J.P. Crawford and Nola walked. An out later, Murphy hit a three-run shot to left field.

The Rays got one run back in the bottom of the inning on Pham's leadoff homer to left-center field, his 19th of the season.

The Mariners scored four unearned runs in the second to take a 7-1 lead.

Mallex Smith led off and reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Willy Adames. Keon Broxton then walked, sending Smith to second. Dee Gordon grounded into a forceout, but Smith scored and Gordon reached second on the play because of a fielding error by second baseman Eric Sogard.

Crawford's two-out single to left scored Gordon, and Nola followed with a two-run shot to left-center, his seventh homer.

The Mariners added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-1 advantage, the latter on Murphy's solo homer to left, his 15th.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Pham walked and Meadows followed with a two-run shot to right, his 21st.

Seattle relievers Erik Swanson (two innings), Taylor Guilbeau (one inning) and Cory Gearrin (one inning) blanked the Rays on one hit overall.

--Field Level Media

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