After beating the Yankees to avoid being swept, the Rays bats continued to give their opposition fits, only this time it was the Miami Marlins who were on the receiving end.
BJ Upton started off the scoring in the third inning when he singled home Matt Joyce. Will Rhymes singled home a run in the fourth to give the Rays the lead (again) after Greg Dobbs hit a sac fly to tie the game up in the third.
Dobbs would be responsible for the only run the Marlins managed to score.
Matt Joyce hit a solo shot off Ricky Nolasco in the fifth, Ben Zobrist singled home a run, while Matt Joyce advanced to third due to an errant throw by slugging right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Carlos Pena would capitalize on Stanton's error, singling home Joyce.
It was a rough night for Nolasco and the Marlins' bullpen as well, but Jeremy Hellickson had one of the shakiest outings of his career, walking seven batters and only lasting 4.1 innings. This is exceptionally odd because Hellickson really prides himself on having command of his pitches and knowing the strike zone; tonight's seven walks are the most he's given up in his career thus far.
Surprisingly though, the Marlins only scored one run off of all those "free passes" issued by Hellickson, but Hellickson did not get the win. Burke Badenhop, one of many Rays middle relievers used Friday night, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to nab his first win of the season.
Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, and Jose Lobaton all had themselves a pretty nice night, getting two hits apiece to at least allow themselves to tack on some more runs.
Notables from tonight's game:
M. Joyce(TAM): 2-3, 3 R, RBI, 2B, HR, 2 BB
B. Badenhop(TAM): (W) 1.2 IP, H, K,
B. Zobrist(TAM): 2-4, RBI, BB
J. Lobaton(TAM): 2-4, RBI, 2B
Rays news and notes:
- The Rays continue their interleague series with the Marlins tomorrow night, with Matt Moore (2-5, 4.45 ERA) taking on the hotheaded veteran Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81 ERA). First pitch is at 7:15 PM.
- Brandon Allen has been cleared off waivers and sent to AAA Durham for his minor league assignment.
- Kyle Farnsworth (elbow strain) will start his minor league rehab assignment Monday with Class A+ Port Charlotte.