Tampa Bay at Florida

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Rays 15, Marlins 2

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MIAMI -- Andy Sonnanstine came to the plate five times Friday night, a reflection of how well he pitched -- and how well his teammates hit.

Sonnanstine allowed only five baserunners and one run in six innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays had three homers among their 17 hits to beat the Florida Marlins 15-2.

"I love playing interleague," said Sonnanstine, who singled, walked and scored twice. "It's an opportunity for our pitchers to show what we can do at the plate. It was a really fun game."

  Rays place Kazmir, Percival on DL

The Rays scored eight runs in the first two innings off Ricky Nolasco. They batted around in the second inning and again in the third to take a 13-0 lead.

After the game, Nolasco (2-5) was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins' opening-day starter, a 15-game winner last year, has an ERA of 9.07.

"We've got to get him fixed," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's why we're making the move down there -- get him a couple of starts, and whatever it takes to get him straightened out."

By the third inning, every Rays starter had a hit. By the sixth, manager Joe Maddon had four reserves in the game. By the ninth, Marlins outfielder Ross Gload was on the mound.

Gload walked the first two batters but got Dioner Navarro to hit into a double play and allowed no hits or runs.

"I just wanted to put the ball in play," Navarro said. "I knew if I struck out, I wasn't going to hear the end of it."

Gabe Gross hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, and Navarro and Carlos Pena also homered. Jason Bartlett drove in three runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk.

"I know the Marlins' bullpen has been a little bit tired," Maddon said. "That's why it's so important to do what we did to keep them tired. You want to see a bullpen, and you want to see a lot of them."

Sonnanstine said his five plate appearances were the most he has had since Little League. He came into the game with the highest lifetime average of any pitcher with at least 10 at-bats, and is now at .333 (6 for 18).

More important to the Rays, Sonnanstine (3-4) lowered his ERA this season to 6.60.

"I went out there with that big lead attacking hitters, knowing if I make a mistake it's not too bad," the right-hander said. "It takes a lot of the pressure off."

Dale Thayer made his major league debut and allowed one run in three innings for a save.

For Florida, it was a sour start to the annual intrastate Citrus Series. After three innings the Marlins had thrown 119 pitches, and they finished with 225, allowing nine walks.

Tampa Bay's 15 runs matched a season high and were the most allowed by Florida this year.

Nolasco pitched on three days' rest for the first time in his career, and the result was his briefest stint as a starter since Aug. 25, 2006. He was coming off a 76-pitch effort Monday in a game called because of rain.

"I asked him if the ball is going where he wants it to go, and he said, 'Sometimes,"' Gonzalez said. "That's not the answer you want to hear. He's healthy, his miles-per-hour are good. Maybe it's something mechanical. He needs to get a little confidence back."

Gonzalez's rotation has been a disappointment, and the Marlins will turn to a minor leaguer for help Saturday, when left-hander Sean West will be selected from Double-A Jacksonville to make major league debut.

The Marlins will also recall right-hander Chris Leroux from Jacksonville. Reliever David Davidson, who gave up five runs in the third inning, was designated for assignment.

For the Rays, the rout took some sting out of setbacks earlier in the day, when they placed starter Scott Kazmir (quadriceps) and closer Troy Percival (shoulder) on the disabled list.

They won for the sixth time in eight games. With a victory Saturday, the defending AL champions will climb above .500 for the first time since April 13.

Notes

The Marlins recalled C Brett Hayes from Triple-A New Orleans, and he singled in his first big league at-bat in the ninth. ... Gonzalez will miss Saturday's game to attend the graduation of his daughter from high school in Atlanta. Bench coach Carlos Tosca will fill in for Gonzalez. ... Former hockey great Gordie Howe threw out the first pitch.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Navarro
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

A. Sonnanstine
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4110033 .188
   a- Gabe Kapler, PH-CF1000102 .197
Carl Crawford, LF4221001 .322
   b- Ben Zobrist, PH-LF2000001 .275
Evan Longoria, 3B3211101 .329
   c- Willy Aybar, PH-3B1000101 .279
Carlos Pena, 1B4213124 .245
Jason Bartlett, SS3113101 .375
    Reid Brignac, SS2110001 .500
Gabe Gross, RF5134112 .275
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4120203 .300
Dioner Navarro, C6243003 .211
Andy Sonnanstine, P4210135 .286
    Dale Thayer, P1000001 .000
Totals4415171599  
a-walked for Upton in the 6th
b-flied out for Crawford in the 6th
c-flied out for Longoria in the 6th
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (18, Nolasco), Jason Bartlett (10, Nolasco), Gabe Gross (4, Davidson)
HR - Carlos Pena (15, Nolasco), Gabe Gross (2, Pinto), Dioner Navarro (2, Nolasco)
RBI - Carl Crawford (20), Evan Longoria (47), Carlos Pena 3 (38), Jason Bartlett 3 (26), Gabe Gross 4 (11), Dioner Navarro 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett 3 (11), Gabe Gross 2 (2), Dioner Navarro (5)
SB - B.J. Upton (14, 3rd base off Nolasco/Baker)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (W,3-4) 6511021 6.60
Dale Thayer (S,1) 3311000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 102-70, Dale Thayer 45-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 7-8, Dale Thayer 2-7
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 22, Dale Thayer 12
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B-SS4010001 .263
Jeremy Hermida, RF4010010 .262
Hanley Ramirez, SS3111001 .325
    Brett Hayes, 1B11100001.000
Jorge Cantu, 1B3000002 .279
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Ross Gload, P1000001 .241
John Baker, C4020001 .268
Dan Uggla, 2B4011002 .207
Cody Ross, CF4000002 .245
Chris Coghlan, LF3000001 .150
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .231
    Dave Davidson, P10100001.000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P1000010 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1000000 .216
Totals3428202  
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (7, Thayer)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (8, Sonnanstine)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (22), Dan Uggla (29)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Helms-Uggla-Hayes
E - John Baker (3, Throwing), Emilio Bonifacio (7, Misplayed grounder), Chris Coghlan (2, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,2-5) 2888122 9.07
Dave Davidson 1455430 45.00
Brian Sanches 2100010 0.00
Renyel Pinto 2422121 2.53
Kiko Calero 1000110 2.45
Ross Gload 1000200 0.00
HBP - Pena (by Brian Sanches)
WP - Renyel Pinto (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 67-43, Dave Davidson 52-28, Brian Sanches 33-21, Renyel Pinto 45-26, Kiko Calero 12-7, Ross Gload 16-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 1-4, Brian Sanches 2-3, Ross Gload 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 16, Dave Davidson 11, Brian Sanches 8, Renyel Pinto 11, Kiko Calero 4, Ross Gload 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16226
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson