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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's nothing like a strong pitching performance to squash a disagreement between batterymates.
"It was a huge step in the right direction," Garza said after allowing one run and three hits in seven innings.
"We've always been on the same page, even when we fight," Navarro joked, adding the pitcher and catcher having been laughing since the day after the heated confrontation they had during a loss at Texas.
"It was great, just the way he went about it tonight," Navarro added. "We had a conversation before the game. We stuck with the plan and everything worked out for us."
Jonny Gomes homered in his first at-bat since serving a five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl in Boston, and Jason Bartlett's two-run single off Mark Hendrickson (7-5) snapped a 1-all tie in the fourth inning.
Garza, who had lost two straight, got into it with Navarro on the mound during a loss to the Rangers on June 6. They clashed again in the dugout after the young right-hander gave up a home run.
The Rays starter was in control from the beginning against the Marlins, who have lost three straight and are hitting .162 over their past six games.
"What happened to our offense? Good pitching," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "When you get good pitching against you, it's tough to swing the bat. Garza was terrific, then you get into Wheeler and Percival."
Manager Joe Maddon urged Garza to do a better job of controlling his emotions in tight game situations and was confident his pitcher and catcher would be fine.
"I had no concern, no trepidation whatsoever. I thought it was going to good on both parts, and it was," the manager said.
"There were times where I got a little upset," Garza explained, "but I was able to step off, regroup and come back and get the next guy."
Tampa Bay has won 22 of its last 25 at home, including eight consecutive series. The crowd of 31,195 was up from 19,312 for the opener of the annual Citrus Series, thanks in part to a post-game concert featuring Grammy-winning artist Gilberto Santa Rosa.
Gomes homered on the first pitch he'd faced since June 5, when he was ejected during a fight between Tampa Bay and Boston that led to the suspensions of eight players, including five Rays. The slugger rejoined the team Friday, but did not play.
The second-inning homer, Gomes' first since May 21, was the sixth allowed by Hendrickson over his past four starts. Even though the left-hander leads Florida with seven victories, he's dropped three straight decisions since his last win three weeks ago.
The Marlins starter failed to get past the fourth inning in two of his previous three starts, allowing 19 runs in 12 innings. He barely lasted until the fifth Saturday night.
The Rays loaded the bases on B.J. Upton's single and two walks before Bartlett, who had been 0-for-5 with the bases filled this season, singled up the middle to drive in two runs for a 3-1 lead.
Hendrickson avoided further damage by getting Akinori Iwamura to ground out to end the inning. He threw 103 pitches in five innings, allowing three runs and four hits.
|Jonny Gomes makes up for lost time, homering on the first pitch he sees since his suspension. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.286|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.237|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.290|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.271|
|Cody Ross, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.221|
|Alfredo Amezaga, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.248|
|2B - Jeremy Hermida (13, Garza)|
|SF - Mike Jacobs (3)|
|RBI - Mike Jacobs (39)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Uggla-Amezaga-Jacobs|
|Mark Hendrickson (L,7-5)||5||4||3||3||3||6||1||5.74|
|HBP - Bartlett (by Doug Waechter)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 103-57, Doug Waechter 28-13, Justin Miller 20-11, Renyel Pinto 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 5-4, Doug Waechter 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 22, Doug Waechter 8, Justin Miller 4, Renyel Pinto 1|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.273|
|Justin Ruggiano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.259|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.329|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.298|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.252|
|Willy Aybar, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||4||1||1||1||0||3||3||.223|
|Gabe Gross, RF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.232|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||2||0||1||2||0||1||0||.249|
|2B - Justin Ruggiano (2, Hendrickson)|
|HR - Jonny Gomes (5, Hendrickson)|
|RBI - Jonny Gomes (13), Jason Bartlett 2 (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett 2 (9)|
|SB - Justin Ruggiano (1, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Treanor), B.J. Upton 2 (22, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Treanor, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Treanor), Willy Aybar (1, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (W,5-3)||7||3||1||1||1||3||0||4.06|
|Dan Wheeler (H,15)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.05|
|Troy Percival (S,15)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.70|
|HBP - Uggla (by Matt Garza)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 112-68, Dan Wheeler 13-7, Troy Percival 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 12-6|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 26, Dan Wheeler 3, Troy Percival 3|
|Attendance - 31195|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Montague|