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Rays rally past Mariners, build wild-card lead
Seattle Mariners' Kendrys Morales rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Seattle Mariners 4-1 Sunday to build their wild-card edge.

The Rays lead Baltimore and Cleveland, who both lost, by two games for the second AL wild-card spot.

Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. Rodriguez broke a tie with an RBI single and another run came home when center fielder Abraham Almonte bobbled the ball for an error.

The Rays began their 10-game road trip in sole possession of the first wild-card spot and a four-game lead on the second wild-card position. Tampa Bay completed the swing at just 3-7.

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