SEATTLE — Brandon Lowe hit two solo homers off Seattle starter Marco Gonzales for the seventh multi-homer game of his career, Manuel Margot hit his first grand slam, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth straight, beating the Mariners 8-2 on Saturday night.
Lowe hit the first pitch of the fourth inning to deep right-center field for his fourth homer of the season. He came back up with one out in the sixth and jumped on the first pitch from Gonzales, hitting it out to right field.
Lowe’s last multi-homer game came on Oct. 2, 2021, when he hit three long balls in a 12-2 win over the New York Yankees.
Margot, who hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth inning on Friday night, capped an eighth inning meltdown by Seattle reliever Diego Castillo. He hit the first pitch into the left-field bullpens. Castillo failed to record an out and allowed five earned runs.
Seattle has lost six straight and 10 of 11.
Tampa Bay starter Drew Rasmussen stymied Seattle for five innings. The only run Rasmussen (3-1) allowed came after Julio Rodríguez tripled and scored on Adam Frazier’s two-out single in the fifth.
Rasmussen also pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, getting a short fly ball from Ty France and a ground out by J.P. Crawford to end the threat.
Rasmussen allowed five hits and struck out five.
Abraham Toro hit a solo homer in the ninth for Seattle.
Gonzales (1-4) struggled with control, walking four and going deep into counts to several batters. Gonzales lasted 5.1 innings and threw 98 pitches. It was the sixth time in his his career that Gonzales walked four or more batters in a start.