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Rays’ Matt Andriese goes to 6-0 after moving to team’s bullpen

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Matt Andriese has changed locations.

He has not changed results.

Andriese, in his first game out of the bullpen, won another game for the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night to improve his record to 6-0. He recorded eight outs in relief.

The Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in 13 innings on Logan Morrison’s walk-off walk, the team’s second walkoff win of the season.

“He was outstanding,” manager Kevin Cash said of Andriese. “That’s a difficult conversation to have with Matt, but understanding what’s best for the team, Matt’s a team guy. He understands that that’s gonna help us win games, and fortunately for us, him being down there won us a ball game.”

Morrison walked with the bases loaded after Logan Forsythe tripled, Tim Beckham was hit by a pitch and Taylor Motter walked.

Forsythe had three hits.

Evan Longoria left the game with soreness in his left forearm.

“It’s something I’ve been dealing with,” Longoria said. “Just sore. Every time I check swing, it just gets flared up. It happened in that last at-bat and it’s a day-to-day thing.”

The Rays struck out 19 times, matching a franchise record. Together, the teams combined for 35 strikeouts. Tampa Bay was one-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Drew Smyly pitched well for the Rays, striking out 12. He allowed a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz, but shut the Mariners down despite that.

“It was awesome,” Cash said. “He got some extra days, it seemed like it really benefited well for him. He was spot on. He gave up a two-run homer and that’s it. Really happy for Drew [that he] bounced back the way he did. He had a couple rough starts, rough outings. Obviously that was a really good start, kept us right in the ballgame and gave us every opportunity to win.”

The game lasted 4:39.

Today, Blake Snell makes his Tropicana Field debut in the finale of the series. The Rays are now 31-32 on the season.

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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