The Rays took the Citrus Series up north to St. Petersburg and play by American League rules. The Rays failed to score the four runs for the first time in eleven games. Both teams left a lot of runs on the board. Marlins left 13 and were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Rays left six on base while going 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position while hitting into two double plays.
First Five Innings: Rays hit the ball hard, but leave runs on the table.
Matt Andriese got out trouble in the top of the second after Derek Dietrich and J.T. Realmuto hit back to back singles with one out. Andriese struck out Chris Johnson and Cole Gillespie to end the threat.
The Rays answered with a run in the top of the second after a leadoff double by Steve Pearce and an rbi single on a groundball up the middle by Logan Morrison to score Pearce.
The top of the third didn't go well for Andriese after he allowed a leadoff single to Adeiny Hechavarria. One out later Martin Prado singled to put two runners on with one out. Justin Bour smashed a ground rule double down the left field line to score the Marlins first run and leave two men in scoring position. Marcell Ozuna hit a groundball to the vacated second base position to score two and put the Marlins up 3-1.
Curt Casali led off the bottom of the third with a single. Brandon Guyer followed with his league leading 13th hit by pitch of the season, but the Rays failed to put runs on the board.
In the bottom of the fourth the Rays threatened after back to back one out singles by Morrison and Desmond Jennings with one out. Taylor Motter would smash a liner down the third base line, but Martin Prado was able to make a play and turn it into a double play after catching Morrison off second for the double play.
The top of the fifth started with an amazing diving play and throw by Motter to rob Prado of an infield single.
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The top of the fifth saw Andriese helped by a fan in the right field bleachers on a ground rule double by Dietrich that followed an Ozuna walk. The fan kept the ball from returning to the field after running up the wall, but the fan was ruled to not have interfered on the play keeping the runners at second and third bases. Andriese struck out Realmuto to end the threat and keep the deficit at 3-1.
Sixth Inning: Rays breakthrough to tie the game.
Andriese finished his outing with a line of six innings, three earned runs, with six strikeouts, and only one walk. The quality start was really needed by a bullpen that has been worked hard and be without at least two of their most reliable options.
Morrison hit a massive left on left two run homer to score Evan Longoria from first after his leadoff single with two outs.
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Seventh Inning: Rays threaten, but Motter runs into an out at third.
Xavier Cedeno came in to keep the score tied. He was effective, but had an interesting route getting to the zero in the run column. Cedeno started the inning by striking out Ichiro Suzuki. The inning would get very sketchy after Prado hit a swinging bunt that goes 20-30 feet down the third base line to get to first. Bour followed with another swinging bunt up the first base line that was ruled an error by Cedeno as he spiked the throw around the runner to first. Cedeno got out of the jam by striking out Ozuna and Dietrich to keep the game tied.
In the bottom of the inning Motter fought for a leadoff walk in an impressive eight pitch at bat. Curt Casali laid down a sacrifice bunt that saw him spin to avoid contact with the ball, but moved the potential winning run to second with one out. Guyer worked another walk on a 3-1 pitch that bounced, but Motter attempted to move himself to third with less than two outs, but was gunned down in the process. Mikie Mahtook struck out to end the inning.
Eighth Inning: Marlins take advantage of their scoring opportunity to take the lead.
Tyler Sturdevant was called out the bullpen that had Erasmo Ramirez and Alex Colome unavailable. Realmuto led off with a single. Johnson sacrifice bunted the runner to second. The Marlins took advantage as Cole Gillespie singled on a groundball down the first base line to score the go ahead run. Dana Eveland kept the deficit at one by striking out Ichiro and Bour to end the inning.
The only batter that put the ball in play off David Phelps was Souza on an infield single. Longoria, Pearce, and Morrison struck out in the inning.
Ninth Inning: Marlins finish off the Rays
Motter worked a one out walk off the Marlins closer, A.J. Ramos, to bring the winning run to the plate. Corey Dickerson rolled a grounder to first, but beat out the return throw from second. Guyer struck out to end the game.