Game of the day: Rays at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. Seattle (28-27) has won 12 of 16 and has a 2.20 ERA over that stretch. Eight of those games (six wins) were decided by one run. The Mariners are 13-10 in one-run games this season (only Minnesota, with 25, has played more). Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.19 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in six home games and faces a Tampa Bay team that is struggling at the plate. The Rays hit .204 in losing two out of three to Texas including a 3-0 defeat Wednesday. Seattle could be in for a tough test at the plate as well, though. James Shields (5-3, 2.15) is tied with Hernandez for the AL lead with 81 strikeouts and has a 2.35 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 23 innings over his last three starts. He has gone just 1-2 over that stretch, though, as Tampa Bay totaled just seven runs in those three games.
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Games you should have seen
Rockies 3, Dodgers 0: Ubaldo Jiminez, who won 15 games before the all-star break last season, picked up his first win of 2011, pitching a four-hit shutout against the Dodgers. Jiminez (1-5) struck out seven and walked none. After scoring 23 runs in their previous three wins, the Dodgers’ four hits - all singles - tied a season low. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp were a combined 1 for 8, with Kemp striking out to end the game.
Giants 2, Cardinals 0: Nate Schierholtz singled in the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning and had the go-ahead hit in the 11th, then Giants closer Brian Wilson finished off the Cardinals after a 16-minute light failure. The game was delayed with two outs in the bottom of the 11th when large sections of two light standards failed. Play resumed with a 2-1 count on Allen Craig, and Wilson needed one pitch to get a game-ending grounder for his 15th save in 17 chances.
Royals 2, Angels 0: Kansas City’s Billy Butler hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jeff Francoeur singled with one out before Butler connected off Scott Downs. The ball hit behind the outfield padding in left-center field and bounced back into play, and the umpires initially ruled it a double before video showed it to be a home run.
Stat you should know
“I couldn’t have put it on a tee any better for him.” — Jamey Wright , Mariners’ pitcher after serving up a go-ahead, upper-deck homer in the eighth inning to the Orioles’ Adam Jones in Baltimore’s 2-1 win over the Mariners.