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Rays lose their fourth straight, AL East lead

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As bad as the AL East may be, someone else is ruling it these days.

The Tampa Bay Rays lost command of the division Tuesday night as they dropped their fourth consecutive game. This one was a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings.

Leading Seattle was Kyle Seager, who hit two home runs and drove in six. He had a grand slam in the eighth against Jake McGee, last year’s best reliever for the Rays. He homered for the winner in the 10th off Brad Boxberger, this year’s best reliever for the Rays.

Lost in the defeat was a three-run rally in the ninth inning that included a two-run double by Evan Longoria and Jake Elmore’s fourth RBI of the night on a fielder’s choice. Joey Butler had a single, double and a triple for the Rays.

Tampa Bay concludes its series with Seattle in a 1:10 p.m. game today.

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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