Rookie Michael Pineda had a career-high 10 strikeouts and gave up just one hit in 6 1/3 innings of work, while fellow rookie Dustin Ackley played a part in all three of Seattle's runs in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in front of 24,985 at Safeco Field.
Mariners reliever Jeff Gray pitched two innings of no-hit ball, while Brandon League picked up his 24th save, and first since the Fourth of July.
Pineda was throwing heat from the beginning, with his fastball reaching the mid-90s early on. Though he didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning, the Rays put up a run in the fourth. Johnny Damon walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Josh Bard throwing error and scored on a Ben Zobrist's groundout.
Pineda ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth. He hit Sean Rodriguez, who moved over to third after a sacrifice and a ground out. Zobrist then broke up Pineda's no-hit bid with an RBI single just over the glove of second baseman Jack Wilson into right field.
Other than that, Pineda had his stuff going and picked up his first win since July 4. Pineda (9-7, 3.53 ERA) threw 110 pitches, 64 of them for strikes.
Ackley continued to show why he was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. The 23-year-old crushed a two-run jack on a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall -- the deepest part of Safeco Field -- to give the Mariners a early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
After Zobrist's RBI tied the game at 2 in the sixth, Ackley was at it again in the bottom half of the frame. This time, he ripped a double off the center-field wall and Mike Carp -- another rookie -- singled down the first-base line to drive home Ackley for the eventual game-winning run.
Ackley already has 17 extra-base hits this season in just 129 at-bats. He has 40 hits in 35 games and is looking to become just the fifth Mariners rookie to average a hit per game.
Other than troubles with Ackley, Rays starter Alex Cobb was impressive, going 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine. He fell to 3-1 on the year.