Marlins Rally to Avoid From Sweeping Season-Opening Series
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins defeat the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time in 3 years with a 12-7 victory on Saturday night.After seven straight losses into the American League champions, the Marlins broke loose with 14 hits, getting the best in their in-state competitions for the very first time since July 21, 2018. It was Miami’s first win this year.
The Marlins, who trailed 6-4 following 4 1/2 innings, tied the match in the fifth and then pushed forward with three runs on both the seventh and eighth.
After Garrett Cooper singled home Miguel Rojas, Jon Berti torn a two-out two-run single to make it 9-6 later seven. Berti also doubled from the second.
Adam Duvall, obtained by the Atlanta Braves from the offseason, blasted his first home run of the year deep to left center in the eighth. Starling Marte followed by an RBI triple and Cooper completed the scoring with a run-scoring double.
Marte ended with four hits while Cooper had three. Rookie Jazz Chisholm had two stolen bases.
The Rays ended with nine hits. Manuel Margot, Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz had two hits while Mike Zunino homered.
The 41-year-old struick out four and walked two. Chris Archer (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs in two innings of relief.
Elieser Hernandez made it through just 2 1/3 innings for the Marlins, who needed six relievers to finish the game. Richard Bleier (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh.
The two teams possess a rare Sunday off before games on Monday. Tampa Bay travels to face Boston while Miami hosts St. Louis.