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Garza K's 10 in one-hitter as Rays complete sweep of Marlins

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MIAMI -- Matt Garza couldn't sleep Thursday morning. Phone calls and text messages kept coming in from his former Fresno State teammates, who had just won the College World Series.

The calls from back home kept waking him up, and he only got a couple hours sleep before his noon start.

Now he'll be calling them.

Garza pitched a one-hitter, allowing only Hanley Ramirez's home run leading off the seventh inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Florida Marlins 6-1 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

"I was trying to top them," Garza said. "Almost."

Garza (6-4) struck out 10 and walked one in his first complete game in 38 major league starts. He faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings on a humid afternoon in Miami, where weekday day games are unusual.

"The heat was coming from that 94, 95 mph he was throwing with movement," Florida's Luis Gonzalez said. "He was pinpointing his pitches; throwing in, out, up, down, everything."

Jeremy Hermida was the first player to reach base for the Marlins, drawing a one-out walk in the fourth inning. Garza then got Jorge Cantu to ground into a double play.

Ramirez's line-drive homer was the only hard-hit ball for Florida, which broke bats and popped up bloopers against the fast-working Garza. The pitch, a slider off the plate, was a ball most hitters wouldn't swing at, Garza said.

"It was outside the zone and he went out there and got it," Garza said. "You just have to tip your cap and say, 'Good job.' I don't know how he hit it. I wouldn't swing at it."

Ramirez said he was expecting a slider.

"I was trying to catch him off guard with the first pitch of the inning, and just tried to get my bat on it," Ramirez said.

The homer kept Tampa Bay as one of four teams that has never thrown a no-hitter, joined by the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Garza was unlucky, with Ramirez swinging at a pitch out of the strike zone.

"That wasn't a bad pitch," Maddon said. "If you look at that sucker, that was barely off the ground. That just speaks to his hitting ability. If you want to make that pitch 10 out of 10 times, we'll take it. That was just a good piece of hitting right there."

Rays catcher Shawn Riggans couldn't help but think what could have been. He tried to stay away from Garza and didn't want to break his concentration.

"I was definitely watching that scoreboard," said Riggans, who had three RBI. "That's the best pitching performance I've ever caught. It was fun, a lot of fun."

Evan Longoria homered and had three hits for the Rays, who swept their Sunshine State rival for just the second time.

Mark Hendrickson (7-6) allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. Hendrickson, Florida's opening-day starter, is 0-4 in six starts since beating San Francisco on May 25.

Riggans hit a sacrifice fly in the second to put Tampa Bay ahead and made it 5-0 with a two-run double in the fifth. Longoria homered in the fourth, and Akinori Iwamura hit an RBI infield single later in the inning after Hendrickson walked the bases loaded.

Ben Zobrist homered leading off the eighth against Doug Waechter.

Notes

  • James Shields pitched a one-hitter for Tampa Bay against the Los Angeles Angels on May 9.
  • The Rays won the season series 4-2.
  • The Marlins have gone 5-10 in interleague play this season and will have only their third losing season against the AL. The Marlins are 110-91 in interleague play, best among NL teams.
 
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Matt Garza flirts with a no-no before giving up a homer in the seventh in his first complete game. (AP)
Matt Garza flirts with a no-no before giving up a homer in the seventh in his first complete game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

M. Garza
IP 9.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 1
K 10
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5021000 .274
Willy Aybar, 1B5010013 .250
Carl Crawford, LF5000002 .279
B.J. Upton, CF3210202 .283
Evan Longoria, 3B5231021 .261
Jonny Gomes, RF3000002 .206
    Gabe Gross, RF0000100 .232
Shawn Riggans, C3113102 .246
Ben Zobrist, SS3111113 .292
Matt Garza, P3000122 .000
Totals3569666  
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria 2 (19, Hendrickson, Hendrickson), Shawn Riggans (3, Hendrickson)
HR - Evan Longoria (14, Hendrickson), Ben Zobrist (2, Waechter)
SF - Shawn Riggans (2)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura (23), Evan Longoria (43), Shawn Riggans 3 (13), Ben Zobrist (2)
2-OUT RBI - Akinori Iwamura (6), Shawn Riggans 2 (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Iwamura-Aybar
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,6-4) 91111101 3.76
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 108-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 8-8
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 28
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4111000 .294
Jeremy Hermida, RF2000110 .274
Jorge Cantu, 3B3000001 .280
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000020 .236
Dan Uggla, 2B3000010 .290
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000010 .272
Cody Ross, CF3000020 .217
Paul Hoover, C3000020 .231
Mark Hendrickson, P1000000 .276
    Doug Waechter, P1000000 .167
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .248
Totals27111110  
a-struck out for Waechter in the 9th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (17, Garza)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (34)
Florida Marlins
Mark Hendrickson (L,7-6) 4.2555531 5.93
Doug Waechter 4.1411131 2.76
IBB - Zobrist by Mark Hendrickson
HBP - Gomes (by Mark Hendrickson)
WP - Mark Hendrickson 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 102-56, Doug Waechter 63-41
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 3-8, Doug Waechter 3-7
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 25, Doug Waechter 18
Game Information
Attendance - 17107
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling