The Marlins fall short of a series sweep versus their interleague rivals the Tampa Bay Rays but still gets the series victory.
In Game 1 on Friday in Sun Life Stadium, the Marlins beat the Rays with a final score of 5-3. The Rays struck first and early with a 2 RBI triple off of Matt Joyce's bat off a pitch by Anibal Sanchez in the top of the 1st with 2 outs. The Marlins were able to get 1 of the runs back off a ground out by Logan Morrison bringing in Chris Coghlan as he lead off the inning with a double. Sanchez makes up for the 2 run 1st with a perfect 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Logan Morrison ties the game up at 2 on a lead off home run (6) in the bottom of the 4th off of Andy Sonnanstine and then Mike Stanton 3 batters later, 2 outs later, hit a solo home run (10) to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Rays would score the 3rd run, that tied the game at this point, off of Sanchez in the 7th as Matt Joyce scores off of a Casey Kotchman single. Matt Joyce was able to score due to a triple he hit with 1 out. In the 8th, Hanley Ramirez lead off the bottom of the inning with a single, Logan Morrison then doubled putting 2 runners in scoring position, Gaby Sanchez then hit a sacrifice fly bringing in Hanley to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead, Greg Dobbs was intentionally walked, Mike Stanton sacrificed himself with a fly to 1st baseman bringing Logan Morrison in for the 5th run, and John Buck flied out for the 3rd and final out. Marlins reliever Michael Dunn received the win, Rays reliever Joel Peralta received the loss, and Leo Nunez received his 16th save out of 16 save opportunities.
Game 2 on Saturday in Miami, the Marlins beat the Rays again with a final score of 5-3. The Marlins beat Rays starter David Price as the Rays lost to Marlins struggling starter Javier Vazquez and Leo Nunez picked up his 17th save as he remains perfect and keeps a steady lead for most saves on the season in the whole MLB. Logan Morrison again had another RBI in the 1st inning as he knocks in Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez with a double. Another 2 home run night for the Marlins and from some unusual players this season, Hanley Ramirez rocked on out of the playing field for his 3rd home run on the season in the 6th inning and Omar Infante hit his 1st home run on the season in the 7th inning. An awful top of the 8th for the Marlins as they gave up shut out as Michael Dunn went in for relief for Vazquez, walked 2 while getting 2 outs. Ryan Webb came in and walked Evan Longoria loading the bases. Randy Choate came in after Webb faced just Longoria and walked Kelly Shoppach which walked in a run, and then Edward Mujica replaced Choate and gave up a 2 RBI single to Johnny Damon and struck out John Jaso for the 3rd out. The Marlins went through 4 pitchers as they walked 4 batters and gave up 3 runs, Marlins still won 5-3.
Game 3, the Marlins lost to the Rays 4-0. Josh Johnson was suppose to start this game but he was placed on the 7-day DL and Jay Buente was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first MLB start (his MLB debut was last season on May 27th). Jay Buente pitched a good 1st as he only put 1 man on base due to a walk, but in the 2nd and 3rd he gave up 2 runs (the only runs in the game). In the 2nd; Sean Rodriguez and Kelly Shoppach hit back-to-back 1 out singles, James Shields brought in 1 run as he reached 1st due to a fielding error by Marlins 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs, and Elliot Johnson brought in another run as he grounded into a force out at 2nd. In the 3rd; Evan Longoria with 1 out hit a ground rule double, Matt Joyce doubled Longoria in with 1 out, Casey Kotchman tripled in Joyce with 2 outs, Sean Rodriguez walked, Kelly Shoppach hit by pitch to load the bases with 2 outs, and James Shields popped out for the 3rd out and left the bases loaded. Jay Buente got his first decision in his career in the MLB which was the loss after pitching 5 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 3, and struck out 1. James Shields received the win as he pitched a complete game allowing 3 hits, no runs, walked only 1, and struck out 13 batters.
The Marlins are 26-19 on the season and still in 2nd place in the NL East to the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins are a game and a half back of the Phillies. The Marlins take on the defending World Champions Giants in a 3 game series in San Francisco next.