Rays Beat Mariners to Stop 4-Game Skid

Strong eight innings from Edwin Jackson keys shutout
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 3:18 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners starter Miguel Batista pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 10, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Fla.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Edwin Jackson allowed two hits in eight innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Thursday to stop a four-game losing streak. A 15-game loser in 2007, Jackson combined on a three-hitter and improved to 2-0. He didn't get his first victory until June 24 last season and had nine losses before getting his second win nearly a month later.

Eric Hinske homered off Miguel Batista (0-2) and Mike DiFelice drove in three runs to help the Rays win for the first time since Jackson allowed one run in six innings to beat the New York Yankees on Saturday. DiFelice had a RBI single off Batista, who gave up four runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.