Snell exited after six scoreless innings. He struck out 12 batters in total. MLB.com's Greg Johns noted why Sunday's dominant performance will have felt more special for the 25-year-old left-hander:
"It was good to throw in the hometown," Snell said after the game, per MLB.com's Erik Erickson. "It was cool. I was just happy to see all the support I got here. Just cool that most people came out to support. It's cool but it's tough when we lose."
Tampa Bay squandered Snell's historic start. He left while the Rays were holding on to a one-run lead. Run-scoring singles by Denard Span and Dee Gordon gave the Mariners a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the eighth, and Seattle closer Edwin Diaz set down the Rays in order in the ninth to end the game.