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Rays stop Mariners

The Tampa Bay Rays kept pace in the chase for the AL East title by defeating the Seattle Mariners 5-3 Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay won the game as -205 favorites, while the eight runs went UNDER the posted over/under (8) set by sportsbooks.

Willy Aybar scattered seven hits and three runs over 5 2-3 innings for the win. Rafael Soriano closed out the ninth for his 44th save.

Jason Vargas suffered the loss for the Mariners, giving up six hits and five runs over 4 1-3 innings.