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King Felix Hernandez tames the Rays hitters once again

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If Felix Hernandez is the King, then what regal nickname should be bestowed on shortstop Ketel Marte?

While Hernandez was as regal as always, it was Marte who delivered the knockout shot against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 5-3 victory. The Seattle Mariners‘ Marte had four hits on the night, including the winning three-run homer in the sixth.

Tampa Bay, as a team, had only four hits. Two of them were home runs by Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria, but no one was on base either time. The Rays dropped back to .500 (15-15) on the year.

Manager Kevin Cash said he was not worried about the team’s reliance on the home run again. “This was against Felix,” he said.

Matt Moore struggled for the Rays, lasting only 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and walking four.

For the Rays, second baseman Logan Forsythe left the game after being struck on a pitched ball on the shoulder. X-rays were negative, but Forsythe is day to day.

The teams play again today. Drew Smyly pitches for Tampa Bay.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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