So much for all those waves the Tampa Bay Rays have beenmaking in the AL wild card race lately.
Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, it was more like a massive belly flop.
And in this case, the big splash at Safeco Field was made by brilliantMariners' right-hander Felix Hernandez, whose perfect game in a 1-0 victorysuddenly leaves the Rays floundering again.
And just when it looked like it was safe to get back in the water.
Only two days ago, Tampa Bay was riding a seven-game winning streak, in solepossession of the wild card lead and starting to talk about making a run at thefirst-place Yankees in the AL East.
Their bats had finally awakened with the arrival of slugger Evan Longoria backfrom half the season on the disabled list, they'd started a crucial 10-gameroad trip with a series sweep of Minnesota and a series-opening win in Seattle onMonday night.
But then came their ninth-inning disintegration Tuesday. After taking the leadin the top of the first and holding it to t...