SEATTLE (Ticker) --
's go-ahead homer off
in the ninth inning lifted the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
to a 3-2 triumph over the slumping
took two of three from the Mariners, who have lost eight of their last nine games and fell two games behind Oakland in the American League West Division.
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead into the eighth before
's 32nd homer. After getting the first two outs of the ninth, Hasegawa left a 1-1 pitch up and Hall crushed it to left field.
"What a clutch home run,"
said. "Hasegawa's been almost unhittable."
"The scouting report said he can't hit the middle (of the plate), but he could," Hasegawa said. "I have a made a lot of mistakes during the season, but today it was only one pitch. I thought I could get him out, but unfortunately he hit it. It was supposed to be a slider down and away, but it was a little up."
It was Hall's 11th homer of the season and just the fourth in 61 1/3 innings allowed by Hasegawa (1-1) this season.
"That was kind of a tough one to swallow," Seattle manager
said. "Hall's a nice player. He got a pitch that was down and he hit a home run."
"We had an opportunity to win today and we didn't," Boone said. "I tied it up and Shiggy gives up a home run. He's been so darn good for us all year."
Harper (3-7) gave up just two hits in two innings for the victory.
retired all three batters he faced in the ninth for his 22nd save in 28 opportunities and secured Tampa Bay's second win in eight games.
After Boone's homer, Olerud singled with two outs. But Olerud was stranded when
won a series at Seattle for the second straight season and the third time overall. On Piniella's 60th birthday, they received a strong performance from starter
, who pitched for the first time since August 10, when he retired one batter in a loss to Kansas City.
Sosa lasted six innings and gave up one run and five hits. He struck out four and walked two and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth.
"We scored three runs and the pitchers made it hold up," Piniella said. "That's big for us."
The Mariners broke through against the righthander when
's single to left plated Boone. Sosa then walked
to load the bases, but ended the threat by getting former Devil Ray
on a chopper that was grabbed by Hall.
"We haven't really put anything together," Cameron said. "We need to give ourselves opportunities without doing it with two outs, without going three, four or five innings without having anybody on base."
Cameron struck out twice in three at-bats and leadoff hitter
continued to slump. Suzuki was hitless in four at-bats Thursday and has just six hits in his last 46 at-bats.
"We have a very good team here that knows very well we are capable of playing much better baseball," Cameron said. "There's just a little bit of frustration because everyone here knows we are much better."
, who entered 6-0 lifetime against the
, also pitched effectively - allowing two runs - one earned - and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
took a 1-0 lead in the third, capitalizing on Boone's fourth error of the season. Hall lifted a fly ball to second that Boone lost in the sun. After
walked, Hall scored on
's sacrifice fly.
Martin made it 2-0 in the fourth when he crushed Garcia's 2-0 pitch into the right field stands.