SEATTLE – Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight innings of shutout ball.
Fernando Rodney undid it all in less than an inning.
Rodney came on in the ninth with the Seattle Mariners holding a 1-0 lead and promptly gave up a leadoff home run to David DeJesus, then a go-ahead RBI single to Matt Joyce five batters later in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 2-1 victory Tuesday night.
Rodney left with two outs in the ninth to a chorus of boos.
“I understand that part when the fans boo,” Rodney said. “They get mad because they want to win, but that didn’t happen tonight.”
Iwakuma allowed four hits over eight innings, striking out five without a walk.
“I thought I pitched well,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “They bounced me around a couple of times early, but by the third and fourth inning, I was able to get in a groove and take off.”
Iwakuma, making his third start after opening the season on the disabled list with a finger injury, gave up a double to DeJesus in the first, then retired 13 in a row before the Rays picked up a pair of singles in the fifth.
“He’s been phenomenal,” Seattle’s first-year manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He is better than what I thought. I knew sitting in the other dugout he was good, but he is better than good.”
It was the second straight eight-inning shutout outing for Iwakuma, who has now thrown 24 straight scoreless innings at home dating to last season.
Tigers 4, Orioles 1
In Baltimore, Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer off Tommy Hunter with two outs in the ninth inning and Detroit, down to its last strike, rallied past the Orioles.
Twins 8, Red Sox 6
In Minneapolis, Chris Parmelee hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4
In Toronto, R.A. Dickey won for the third time in four starts and Juan Francisco homered in the victory.
Astros 8, Rangers 0
In Houston, Dallas Keuchel pitched a seven-hitter for his first major league shutout.
Athletics 9, White Sox 0
In Oakland, Brandon Moss homered twice and Drew Pomeranz and three relievers combined on a four-hitter.
Mets 12, Yankees 7
In New York, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each hit a three-run homer, and the Mets roughed up fill-in starter Vidal Nuno.
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 3⅔ innings in relief of wild starter Zack Wheeler to earn the win.
Royals 5, Rockies 1
In Kansas City, James Shields cooled down hot-hitting Colorado over seven sharp innings, and Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez both homered in the victory.
Norichika Aoki was 1-for-4 for the Royals.
Angels 4, Phillies 3
In Philadelphia, Luis Jimenez hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning, Matt Shoemaker tossed five effective innings and Los Angeles beat the Phillies.
Padres 2, Reds 1
In Cincinnati, Chase Headley homered in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman.
Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 1
In Phoenix, Bronson Arroyo scattered seven hits in his 16th career complete game and also singled twice off Stephen Strasburg.
Brewers 5, Pirates 2
In Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy hit a bases-loaded, two-run single, and the battered Brewers withstood the early exits of star outfielders Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun.
Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 (12)
In St. Louis, pinch hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th inning,
Braves 5, Giants 0
In San Francisco, Mike Minor pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Evan Gattis drove in a run with his first career triple.
Dodgers 7, Marlins 1
In Los Angeles, Josh Beckett earned his first victory since September 2012 and the Dodgers kept Jacob Turner winless.