ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Dan Waechter continued his success in St. Petersburg on a much larger stage.
Waechter tossed a two-hitter in his first career start and Tropicana Field debut, leading the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
to a 7-0 victory over the
Waechter grew up in St. Petersburg and played just minutes away at Northeast High School - the closest school to Tropicana Field. He made his major league debut at Seattle on August 27, recording a win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief and dominated the Mariners again Wednesday.
The 22-year-old righthander became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to toss a shutout in his first major league start. He threw 69 of 99 pitches and walked two while striking out seven.
Waechter gave up a one-out single to
in the third and leadoff base hit to
in the sixth. He put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth but got
to hit into a double play and retired the final 10 batters he faced.
Pinch hitter Jamal Strong ended the game with a grounder to third and Waechter left the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 9,000, which included nearly 100 friends and family.
fell a triple short of the cycle and drove in four runs and
had three hits and three runs scored for the
, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
(11-13) surrendered five runs and seven hits in five innings as the Mariners had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Seattle fell into a tie with the
Boston Red Sox
for the American League wild card lead.
took a 1-0 lead on
's sacrifice fly in the first and Huff padded the lead with a three-run homer off Garcia in the third. It was the 28th homer of the season for Huff and the 31st allowed by Garcia.
Lee added a run-scoring double in the fifth - Garcia's final inning. Rookie
and Huff had consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the sixth off reliever
to cap the scoring.