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Marlins rally past Devil Rays with five-run fifth inning

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MIAMI -- Sprinting from the batters' box, Hanley Ramirez had only one thought in mind.

"Just trying to get the team going," he said.

Sounds simple, but it worked.

Ramirez beat out an infield single to start a five-run fifth-inning rally, and Josh Johnson survived a rocky start to help the Florida Marlins beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-5 Monday night.

Cody Ross had three hits and two RBI, and Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs and Jeremy Hermida each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who are 22-9 since May 22 and moved within one game of Philadelphia for second place in the NL East.

"Guys scored five runs with two outs because Hanley hustled," said Marlins manager Joe Girardi, whose team has won seven straight at home.

Rocco Baldelli had three RBI and scored twice for Tampa Bay, getting a two-run first-inning home run and a long triple in the third. Greg Norton added three hits for the Devil Rays.

Johnson (7-4) trailed 2-0 after only six pitches, but allowed just one more run over the rest of his 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked one, and gave up eight hits for the Marlins, and Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his 14th save -- and ninth in his last nine opportunities.

James Shields (4-1) failed in his bid to be the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win five times in a month; the right-hander came in having allowed a total of five runs in a four-start winning streak, but yielded seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. He did strike out seven, a new season-high.

"I was making some quality pitches," Shields said. "They were laying off of them. It was one of those days. Not my day."

Shields had a 3-2 lead with two outs in the fifth and was one strike from escaping the inning -- before Ramirez's speed sparked the Marlins.

Ramirez outran Aubrey Huff's throw from third base to keep the inning alive, and Florida took advantage. Jacobs brought him in with a run-scoring single, and Willingham followed with another single that brought Miguel Cabrera -- who ran through third-base coach Jim Presley's stop sign -- in to score.

"You better be safe," Girardi said. "We have a lot of young guys who are aggressive, and sometimes aggressiveness leads to some baserunning errors. But he was running hard and it's probably a good thing that Pres didn't get in front of him, because Pres would have lost that battle. Compare it to a bulldozer hitting a Yugo."

Hermida followed with a two-run double that pushed Florida's lead to 6-3, and Ross doubled five pitches later to drive Hermida in. Ross, who was a home run shy of the cycle, then made it 8-3 in the seventh by bringing Hermida home with a stand-up triple that bounced off the right-field wall.

All eight of Florida's runs came with two out.

"Anytime you can put runs on the board with two outs, I think that's huge and probably puts them on their heels a little bit," Jacobs said. "And we took advantage."

Baldelli's home run -- a 402-foot shot to left field -- gave the Devil Rays a quick 2-0 lead. Julio Lugo led off with a double and scored on Baldelli's third homer of the year.

"We were in a nicer run when we were getting the hits when we needed them," said Baldelli, whose team had won six of its last nine coming into Monday. "It's not going to happen every game. It's understandable."

The Marlins tied it in their half of the first. Jacobs' RBI double brought Cabrera home, and Willingham was credited with a run-scoring double after Huff stumbled trying to field his grounder down the left field line that brought Jacobs around.

"The team picked me up and got two runs right back," Johnson said. "So that helped out a lot."

Shields singled to lead off the Tampa Bay third and gave his team a 3-2 lead when he trotted home on Baldelli's long triple off the scoreboard in center three batters later.

Tampa Bay scored two runs in the eighth, with Baldelli scoring on a double-play ball and Jonny Gomes delivering a pinch-hit single that allowed Norton to come around. But Logan Kensing struck out Josh Paul to end the inning, preserving Florida's three-run lead.

"Five-run innings are devastating," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's the whole game."

Notes

  • The Marlins tied a season-high with seven doubles.
  • Baldelli's home run was only the third allowed this season by Johnson, whose ERA rose from 2.01 to 2.20.
  • Lugo drew a seventh-inning walk, tying Fred McGriff's Devil Rays record of getting one in nine straight games. McGriff walked in nine straight during the 1999 season.
  • Tampa Bay fell to 12-12 in June, and needs to win two of its next three games for the seventh winning month in franchise history.
  • Attendance was 7,416.
 
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Cody Ross goes 3-for-4 and drives in two runs to lead the Marlins, who are 22-9 since May 22.  (AP)
Cody Ross goes 3-for-4 and drives in two runs to lead the Marlins, who are 22-9 since May 22. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

R. Baldelli
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS4120101 .284
Carl Crawford, LF4000002 .305
Rocco Baldelli, CF4223101 .371
Aubrey Huff, 3B4020011 .242
Jorge Cantu, 2B4000011 .292
Greg Norton, RF4130001 .286
Travis Lee, 1B3000013 .203
    Travis Harper, P0000000 .000
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1011000 .251
    Jon Switzer, P0000000 .000
Josh Paul, C4010021 .257
James Shields, P2110012 .600
    Ty Wigginton, 1B2000000 .262
Totals3651242613 
a-singled for Harper in the 8th
Batting
2B - Julio Lugo (13, Johnson), Greg Norton (4, Kensing)
3B - Rocco Baldelli (2, Johnson)
HR - Rocco Baldelli (3, Johnson)
SH - Carl Crawford (7)
RBI - Rocco Baldelli 3 (10), Jonny Gomes (48)
2-OUT RBI - Rocco Baldelli (3), Jonny Gomes (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carl Crawford 1
E - Jorge Cantu (3, Missed catch)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
James Shields (L,4-1) 51077270 4.37
Travis Harper 2311050 4.83
Jon Switzer 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 97-61, Travis Harper 42-26, Jon Switzer 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 5-2, Jon Switzer 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 26, Travis Harper 9, Jon Switzer 3
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B5000021 .261
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120020 .268
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2210211 .348
Mike Jacobs, 1B3222011 .273
    Wes Helms, 1B1000000 .244
Josh Willingham, LF4122021 .271
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Hermida, CF-RF4222001 .298
Cody Ross, RF-LF4032010 .284
Miguel Olivo, C4010032 .286
Josh Johnson, P3000011 .050
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000000 .233
    Reggie Abercrombie, CF0000000 .218
Totals3681382138 
a-grounded out for Kensing in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (25, Shields), Mike Jacobs (18, Shields), Josh Willingham (15, Shields), Jeremy Hermida 2 (11, Shields, Harper), Cody Ross (3, Shields), Miguel Olivo (12, Shields)
3B - Cody Ross (2, Harper)
RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (41), Josh Willingham 2 (38), Jeremy Hermida 2 (11), Cody Ross 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (18), Josh Willingham 2 (10), Jeremy Hermida 2 (5), Cody Ross 2 (8)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (22, 3rd base off Shields/Paul)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Amezaga-H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Cabrera-Amezaga-Helms
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,7-4) 6.2833151 2.20
Taylor Tankersley 0.1111100 3.18
Logan Kensing 1211010 3.66
Joe Borowski (S,14) 1100000 3.34
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 109-64, Taylor Tankersley 10-6, Logan Kensing 14-11, Joe Borowski 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 7-7, Taylor Tankersley 1-0, Logan Kensing 1-0, Joe Borowski 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Taylor Tankersley 3, Logan Kensing 4, Joe Borowski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7416
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly