The Seattle Mariners face a daunting road trip — 12 games. But, they started it in the right way, beating Tampa Bay 7-1 Friday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Nelson Cruz hit the longest hom run in Tropicana Field history, an estimated 482 feet. Erasmo Ramirez, a former Rays player, enjoyed another good outing with the Mariners, allowing two hits and one run while striking out four and walking two.
The Mariners led 3-0 after one inning. Cruz doubled in a run, the first of his two doubles.
Mike Zunino hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and the Mariners added a fifth-inning run to make it 6-0.
Cruz, who had three hits and three runs and two RBIs, hit his historic solo homer in the ninth inning. It was his 30th.
Danny Valencia, Ben Gamel and Zunino each had two hits.
The Mariners (62-61) and Rays (60-64) play again at 3 p.m. PT Saturday, with Ariel Miranda (7-6, 4.75) pitching for the Mariners opposite Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 4.30).