SEATTLE (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays were in position to get out of Seattle with a split of their four-game series against the streaking Mariners.
Turns out Seattle had one more rally left.
Joel Peralta yielded a homer to Miguel Olivo for the second straight day, this one a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning that sent Tampa Bay to a 9-6 loss Sunday.
The Rays had scored three times in the top half of the inning to take a 6-5 lead.
``It's just that sometimes things don't work out; it doesn't mean it was the wrong thing to do,' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ``It's just that (the Mariners) are hot right now and things are going their way. They're riding a nice wave and they came back and beat us.'
Peralta took the blame for being unable to keep Olivo in the park.
``I let the team down,' Peralta said. ``It's on me.'
Ichiro Suzuki and Greg Halman each drove in two runs for Seattle, which has won six straight series and 14 of 18 games overall. Brandon League pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save, completing the Mariners' 15th come-from-behind victory this season.
Justin Smoak started Seattle's eighth-inning rally with a one-out walk against J.P. Howell (0-1). Jack Cust and Adam Kennedy followed with base hits, with Kennedy's tying single driving in pinch-runner Jack Wilson.
Olivo then greeted Peralta with a drive into the Rays' bullpen in left field for his seventh homer. Olivo also had a pinch-hit drive against Peralta in the eighth inning of Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
``We played well and hit the ball well today,' Maddon said. ``We did things we've been wanting to do. We just didn't get the pitching we are accustomed to.'
B.J. Upton singled in Ben Zobrist and scored on Felipe Lopez's double to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
Seattle responded with three runs in the bottom half and two more in the seventh. Suzuki had a two-run triple in the third and Halman added a tiebreaking two-run triple of his own in the seventh.
Wade Davis allowed five hits, struck out four and walked one in seven innings for Tampa Bay.
``I made two mistakes to Halman that really hurt me,' Davis said. ``Something I have to get better at is executing pitches with two strikes.'
Halman's two hits off Davis both came in pitcher's counts, driving a single to right field on an 0-2 pitch in the third and tripling on a 1-2 offering.
``My execution was better today overall,' Davis said. ``Getting quicker outs, making better pitches. Just the two-strike pitches to Halman made the difference.'
Erik Bedard tossed seven solid innings for Seattle, yielding three runs and eight hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
Once Bedard left, the Rays jumped all over Jamey Wright (2-2). Johnny Damon led off with a single to left field and Zobrist and Matt Joyce followed with doubles to tie it at 5. Pinch-hitter Evan Longoria delivered a two-out RBI single into right field to put the Rays back on top.
NOTES: Longoria did not start after leaving Saturday's game with tightness in his left side. ... Halman had three hits in his first game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
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