Rays Take Over First Place With Win Over Seattle

Aybar, Soriano spark Rays' 5-3 win

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Willy Aybar drove in two runs,
Rafael Soriano set a team record with his 44th save of the season
and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Friday
night.
      Aybar hit a tiebreaking RBI single and later scored on a passed
ball during a three-run fifth as the Rays went ahead 5-2. Ben
Zobrist drove in the other run with a bunt single.
      Soriano, the fourth Tampa Bay reliever, pitched the ninth to
break Roberto Hernandez's franchise save record set in 1999.
      Tampa Bay reduced its magic number to three to clinch the
franchise's second playoff berth.
      Seattle's Jason Vargas (9-12) lost his seventh straight start,
which is one off the team record held by Randy Johnson (1992) and
Rick Honeycutt (1980).
      
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