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Sonnanstine struck out 10, including seven straight at one point, as Tampa Bay beat the Florida Marlins 9-4 on Sunday.
Brendan Harris had a career-high five RBI and Raul Casanova homered for the second straight day for the Devil Rays, who went 4-2 on their first winning road trip of six or more games since July 14-20, 2005.
Sonnanstine (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits, walking none in seven innings in his second career start. He struck out seven straight, one shy of the AL record of eight. That mark has been achieved six times, most recently by Blake Stein of Kansas City on June 17, 2001.
"I didn't even know that until you guys just told me," Sonnanstine said. "It's just staying ahead in the count and pounding the strike zone -- don't just let them get to first by walking."
"I didn't know he was going for the record," catcher Casanova said. "I would have tried harder for the strikeout."
Unlike Casanova, other Tampa Bay players were left to watch Sonnanstine.
"It was nice, because it wasn't like they were six-pitch strikeouts. They were usually three, four, five pitches," Harris said. "But you're getting balls when they're throwing it around (following strikeouts), so it's like your getting some action."
Sonnanstine, a 6-foot-3 right-hander who bats left-handed, had his first two career hits and first career RBI despite not having swung at bat in a game since his junior year of high school. He was just as impressive with pitch location and his ability to use different arm angles.
"He was changing speeds and almost looked like a little younger version of El Duque," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, referring to New York Mets right-hander Orlando Hernandez.
"It's good for the industry to see a guy pitch well who pays attention to deception and knows what he's doing out there," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "A lot of times guys like that fall through the cracks."
Rick Vanden Hurk (1-2) surrendered five runs and six hits in five innings. He walked three -- one intentionally -- and struck out six. In his previous start, he took a no-hitter into the seventh.
Jeremy Hermida and Miguel Olivo hit solo home runs for Florida, which failed to get back to .500. The Marlins struck out 34 times in the three-game series to run their major-league leading total to 550 in 64 games.
"We're still leading the league in runs," Dan Uggla said. "That's part of the game, that comes with it. We're an aggressive, free-swinging team."
With two out in the third, Sonnanstine singled to left before Akinori Iwamura doubled to right-center. Harris fell behind 0-2 before sending a payoff pitch into the right-center field seats for his sixth home run, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
Tampa Bay scored twice in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Delmon Young's run-scoring double and Sonnanstine's RBI single produced the runs.
Hermida's 433-foot home run to right in the fifth made the score 5-1. It was Hermida's fifth homer.
Casanova hit a 431-foot solo shot to dead center in the sixth to make it 6-1.
Olivo made the score 6-2 when he homered to left with one out in the seventh.
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 3B||5||2||2||1||0||1||3||.341|
|Brendan Harris, SS||5||1||2||5||0||2||3||.316|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||1||.304|
|Ty Wigginton, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.263|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Fossum, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.189|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.306|
|Delmon Young, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.266|
|Elijah Dukes, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.196|
|Raul Casanova, C||2||2||1||1||2||0||1||.308|
|Andy Sonnanstine, P||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||.667|
|Josh Wilson, 2B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.208|
|a-fouled out for Fossum in the 9th|
|2B - Akinori Iwamura 2 (5, Vanden Hurk, Gregg), Delmon Young (14, Vanden Hurk)|
|HR - Brendan Harris (6, Vanden Hurk), Raul Casanova (2, Miller)|
|RBI - Akinori Iwamura (7), Brendan Harris 5 (28), Delmon Young (35), Raul Casanova (2), Andy Sonnanstine (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brendan Harris 3 (12), Raul Casanova (1)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Casanova-Harris|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Andy Sonnanstine (W,1-0)||7||7||2||2||0||10||2||5.14|
|Casey Fossum (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 99-71, Shawn Camp 15-9, Casey Fossum 4-2, Al Reyes 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 2-8, Shawn Camp 2-0, Casey Fossum 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 27, Shawn Camp 5, Casey Fossum 1, Al Reyes 3|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||0||3||.333|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.267|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.211|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||1||1||1||0||3||0||.224|
|Aaron Boone, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.271|
|Rick Vanden Hurk, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|a- Joe Borchard, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.196|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Reggie Abercrombie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jason Wood, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a-struck out for Vanden Hurk in the 5th|
|b-flied out for Miller in the 7th|
|c-popped out for Gregg in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (14, Sonnanstine)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (14, Camp), Jeremy Hermida (5, Sonnanstine), Miguel Olivo (4, Sonnanstine)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (47), Jeremy Hermida (18), Miguel Olivo (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (18)|
|CS - Miguel Cabrera (1, 2nd base by Sonnanstine/Casanova)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - A. Boone-H. Ramirez-Vanden Hurk|
|Rick Vanden Hurk (L,1-2)||5||6||5||5||3||6||1||8.61|
|IBB - Casanova by Rick Vanden Hurk|
|WP - Kevin Gregg (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Vanden Hurk 81-49, Justin Miller 30-19, Matt Lindstrom 12-7, Kevin Gregg 38-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Vanden Hurk 1-7, Justin Miller 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-0, Kevin Gregg 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Rick Vanden Hurk 23, Justin Miller 7, Matt Lindstrom 3, Kevin Gregg 7|
|Attendance - 11525|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Brian Runge|