St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Roenis Elias hurled 7 2/3 solid innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-4 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second tilt of a four-game series at Tropicana Field on Saturday,
Coming off the first shutout of his career, Elias (5-4) allowed four runs on five hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts to pick up the win.
Dustin Ackley drove in three and scored two runs, while Willie Bloomquist collected two RBI and Cole Gillespie had a solo homer for the Mariners, winners in six of their last seven contests.
Alex Cobb (1-4), who has lost three straight starts, was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in his shortest outing of the year.
Evan Longoria smashed a two-run homer and James Loney had on a solo shot for the Rays, who snapped their 10-game losing skid in Friday's series opener.
Gillespie ripped a solo home run to center in the second to put the Mariners up 1-0.
Loney answered in the home half with his own solo shot to tie the game, and Ali Solis' sacrifice bunt plated Yunel Escobar later in the frame to give Tampa a brief lead.
Ackley singled to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on a Brad Miller base hit. Bloomquist drove in Ackley with a line-drive single to center. An Endy Chavez sac fly gave Seattle a 3-2 lead.
Seattle added four more runs in the fifth to extend the advantage to 7-2.
Two base hits around a walk loaded the bases to start the frame, and Ackley cleared them with a double into the right-center field gap. Bloomquist then greeted Rays reliever Cesar Ramos, driving a two-run double to left to score Ackley.
Longoria smashed a two-run home run to left field to cut the deficit to 7-4. Desmond Jennings doubled to reach base earlier in the frame.
Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth inning to collect his 17th save of the season.