- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays just can’t solve Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez (9-2) allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings for Seattle and Austin Jackson’s solo home run in the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and the Mariners snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Rays on Saturday night.

Kevin Kiermaier scored the only run for Tampa Bay on a wild pitch by Hernandez in the sixth inning. The run snapped a streak of 21 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings tossed by Hernandez against the Rays dating to June 8, 2014.

“Collectively, I think we did everything we could to give us a chance to win,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We just didn’t quite get that second and third run across the board.”

The Rays nearly got to Hernandez in the first inning as he walked Kiermaier to lead off the game. After a pair of stolen bases, Kiermaier was on third, but Hernandez worked out of trouble. Kiermaier’s triple in the sixth inning led to Tampa Bay’s only run.

“It’s big one for us,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit. I believe in this team and we’ve just got to believe in ourselves.”

Seth Smith doubled to lead off the fourth inning off Rays starter Alex Colome and advanced to third on a single from Logan Morrison. Willie Bloomquist singled to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

Mike Zunino followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. However, the Mariners would fail to add to the damage as Jackson fouled out to third base. Robinson Cano’s struggles continued as he grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Kevin Kiermaier tripled off Hernandez with one out in the sixth and scored on a wild pitch to even the game at 1-1. Jackson homered on the seventh pitch against Rays reliever Steven Geltz (1-2) take the lead for good. Jackson is hitting .390 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI in his last 10 games.

“You feel like you let the guys down,” Geltz said. “They are out there battling for you and it is disappointing when that happens.”

The Mariners had been held to one run or less in three straight games and have not scored more than three runs in 11 straight games.

Rookie Carson Smith notched his first career save for Seattle.

COLOME CRUISING

The Rays starter tied a season-high with six innings pitched while allowing just one run. Colome has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four outings, including twice against Seattle. Over his last five starts, Colome is 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi is likely to miss some time after suffering a tight left oblique Friday night. … 3B Evan Longoria was not in the lineup Saturday and is day-to-day while nursing a sore left wrist.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to toss his second bullpen session on Sunday. Iwakuma threw 27 pitches in a bullpen session on Thursday as he continues to work back from a strained right lat muscle that landed him on the disabled list on April 24.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (6-4, 2.01 ERA) is coming off two straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts and no walks. Archer allowed just two hits over eight innings with 12 strikeouts against Seattle on May 27.

Mariners: LHP Mike Montgomery (0-0, 1.50 ERA) is making his second career start. Montgomery took a no decision after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings to the New York Yankees in his major league debut last Tuesday.

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