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Obstruction call by ump costs M's in 10th

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Carl Crawford scored the winning run when Seattle shortstop Jose Lopez was charged with obstruction in the 10th inning, giving the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Crawford was on third with the bases loaded and one out when Tino Martinez hit a fly ball to left field. On the play, Lopez moved toward third and took a position between Crawford and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

Third base umpire Paul Emmel determined that Lopez had obstructed Crawford's view of the catch and awarded Crawford home. Lopez was charged with an error on the play.

Crawford opened the 10th with a single off Clint Nageotte (1-6) and went to second on Julio Lugo's sacrifice bunt. After Aubrey Huff was intentionally walked, Rocco Baldelli loaded the bases by drawing a walk on four pitches.

Travis Harper (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Starter Dewon Brazelton and Harper ended the game by retiring the last 16 batters they faced.

Brazelton allowed one unearned run and two hits in eight innings. He has given up five runs — four earned — over his last 26 1-3 innings.

The Mariners didn't get a hit after Brazelton gave up singles to Bret Boone and Edgar Martinez in the third. Martinez was the only Seattle baserunner after the third inning, reaching on a walk in the fifth.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk, dropping his AL-leading average to .356. Suzuki might have lost a hit in the first when he was called out on a liner that replays appeared to show was caught on a short hop by Devil Rays right fielder Jose Cruz Jr.

Mariners starter Ryan Franklin gave up one run and seven hits over seven innings. He was looking to snap a personal six-game losing streak.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the second. Dan Wilson scored from second when Tampa Bay third baseman Aubrey Huff was charged with an error after misplaying Lopez's grounder.

The Devil Rays have allowed 19 unearned runs in the last 22 games.

Seattle failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the third. Brazelton ended the threat by retiring Justin Leone on a fly to right.

Tampa Bay tied it at 1-all in the fourth when Baldelli scored from third on Cruz's pop fly to shallow left that was caught by Lopez. Cruz has seven RBIs in his last 29 games.

Franklin got some defensive help in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out. Second baseman Boone caught Robert Fick's hard liner and then threw to Lopez to double up Tino Martinez at second base.

Copyright © 2004 The Seattle Times Company


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