ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The
got nothing going against a
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
' starter for the second time in as many nights.
tossed a four-hitter for his first career complete game as the
edged the slumping Mariners, 1-0.
It was the 10th loss in 15 games for the Mariners, who fell one-half game behind the
Boston Red Sox
for the American League wild card lead.
"Anytime you go through a streak like this, you try to break through and score a run any way you can, and we have got some pretty good hitters on this team," Mariners manager
said. "When you keep seeing zeros go up there, you press. You really do.
"Everyone wants to be the guy to get the hit and you almost try too hard, and that's what our guys are doing right now. It is not for a lack of effort, we're just trying too hard right now."
Sosa (5-9), a converted outfielder who spent the 2001 season in the Mariners organization, struck out six and walked two as Tampa Bay won a home series against Seattle for the first time. It also was the first time the
took a season series from the Mariners, winning five of the nine meetings.
"He was attacking with his fastball, pitching with 0-2 and 1-2 counts instead of trying to trick hitters with off-speed pitches," Tampa Bay catcher
also recorded back-to-back complete-game shutouts for the first time in team history.
tossed a two-hitter in his first major league start Wednesday, a 7-0 rout.
said. "Two nights in a row of shutout ball against a good baseball team. I said last night, when the young kid did what he did, if you make your pitches, focus, concentrate and trust your stuff, you can do these sort of things. Both were excellent games. They were two wonderful games by our young pitchers."
"I was kind of motivated from the outing last night," Sosa said. "They're all important but because I was throwing well, I really wanted to finish."
This game's lone run came with two outs in the second inning, when Seattle starter
(9-12) hit Hall with a pitch and former Mariner
ripped an RBI double off the left field wall.
"Rolls hit the ball off the wall and Toby scampered home," Piniella said. "That was all it took."
Franklin pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game of the season but has lost eight of his last 11 decisions. He struck out five without a walk.
"The way he pitched tonight, you can't ask for any more," Melvin said. "That is as good as he has pitched all year."
Seattle put runners on first and second with none out in the eighth, but
struck out on a missed bunt and
flied out to end the threat.
to strike out on the bunt attempt was huge," Piniella said.