Seattle rallies with two late runs to beat Tampa Bay, 2-1; the Mariners went 8-2 on home stand and are 15-5 since May 14

HERNANDEZThe Seattle Mariners are proving themselves to be for real. Can they really contend with Houston for the American League West Division championship?

The Mariners rallied for two late runs to beat Tampa Bay 2-1 Sunday at Safeco Field. They went 8-2 on their home stand and are 15-5 since May 14 to reach a record of 37-22.

Seattle has a day off Monday before playing two games at Houston: 5 p.m. Tuesday, with James Paxton (4-1) pitching opposite Dallas Keuchel (3-7), and 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Astros entered Sunday night's game with Boston trailing Seattle by a half-game in the AL West. The Astros entered the game at 37-23.

Brad Miller's RBI double and Blake Snell's pitching had Tampa Bay (28-30) up 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning.

Pitching eight innings, Felix Hernandez (6-4) gave up five hits and one run while striking out seven and walking one; although Snell was better, going six innings and allowing two hits and striking out 12. The left-hander struck out the first seven hitters of the game.

But, the Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Jose Alvarado. Denard Span's single scored Andrew Romine and Jean Segura's infield single plated Guillermo Heredia.

Hernandez earned the win, with Edwin Diaz pitching the ninth inning for his 21st save.

The Mariners had only four hits.

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