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Marlins salvage win against Rays with Gload's walk-off single in 11th

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MIAMI -- With one out and the bases loaded in the 11th inning, Florida's Ross Gload waited to bat while the Tampa Bay Rays set their defense.

Right fielder Ben Zobrist trotted in to grab a smaller glove, then took a spot near second base as a fifth infielder. Left fielder Carl Crawford moved to right field, and center field B.J. Upton went to left.

"You can't overanalyze it, because it's too crazy," Gload said.

The alignment failed to foil Gload. He lined a two-strike sinker through the right side of the infield for a game-winning single, and the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Tampa Bay 5-4.

"The 5-2 defense -- I'm going to recommend that for the New York Jets," Gload said. "You're just trying to hit the ball hard. If I could control where the ball went, I would be a lot better than I am."

The Rays played with five infielders at the end after losing their second baseman in the eighth. Akinori Iwamura hurt his left knee when hit while trying to turn a double play and was carted off the field. He was to fly back to St. Petersburg, Fla., to undergo an MRI.

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With the score 4-all, Jorge Cantu led off Florida's 11th with a pinch-hit single against Lance Cormier (0-1). Jeremy Hermida singled off Brian Shouse to put runners at the corners with one out, and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked.

Gload followed with his hit.

"We were just trying to get a groundball and get a double play," Shouse said. "That was the whole goal. It didn't work out."

With Gload's single, Florida finished 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Tampa Bay went 1-for-11.

The Marlins had lost eight in a row at home to the Rays, and were outscored 25-5 in the first two games of the series.

Florida improved to 9-24 since an 11-1 start.

"We needed this," said Josh Johnson, who pitched seven innings and left with a 4-3 lead. "It just takes one win, and hopefully we can turn it around and get that feeling of winning again. We have a great team. We know we're a lot better than we've been playing."

Florida nearly let another game slip away, squandering leads of 3-0 and 4-3. John Baker had three of the Marlins' 17 hits, including a home run, and Gload and Chris Coghlan also had three hits apiece.

The game was delayed six minutes in the eighth while trainers tended to Iwamura, who was hurt when Coghlan slid into him.

With the score 4-all, runners at first and second and one out in the eighth inning, Wes Helms hit a one-hopper to pitcher Dan Wheeler, who spun and threw to second. Iwamura took the throw for a forceout, and was ready to throw to first with his left foot planted when Coghlan arrived.

The collision sent Iwamura tumbling to the turf. Shortstop Jason Bartlett took the ball from Iwamura's glove and threw home, where catcher Dioner Navarro tagged out Baker trying to score.

Bartlett said Coghlan did nothing wrong.

"From the marks that were by second base, if it were our player sliding, I'd probably high-five him," Bartlett said. "That's what you're taught to do: Break up the double play."

After the game, Coghlan went into the Rays clubhouse and told Iwamura he was sorry about the injury.

"I felt awful that he got injured," said Coghlan, a rookie. "I hope he's OK. I was just playing the game the right way."

Johnson allowed three runs and six hits, and he had an RBI single in the Marlins' three-run second inning. Florida's Matt Lindstrom walked the bases loaded in the ninth, but Kiko Calero came on to retire Zobrist on an inning-ending groundout. Brian Sanches (1-0) pitched a perfect 11th.

The result ended the Rays' three-game winning streak.

"Listen, man," manager Joe Maddon said. "When your group goes out and plays that hard every night, and you fight to the last out, I love it."

Notes

  • Johnson said he has a small blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, but it didn't bother him.
  • Bartlett sprained his left ankle in the 10th inning and said he doesn't think the injury is serious. He had already been slated to take Monday off at Cleveland.
  • Rays DH Pat Burrell, who is on the disabled list with a strained neck, will rejoin the team Monday and may be activated as early as Tuesday, Maddon said.
  • Ramirez is tied for the NL lead among shortstops with only two errors after committing more than 20 in each of his first three seasons.
 
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The Rays not only lose the game but Akinori Iwamura as well, who hurts his knee in the 8th.  (AP)
The Rays not only lose the game but Akinori Iwamura as well, who hurts his knee in the 8th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Baker
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

A. Iwamura
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF6110010 .195
Carl Crawford, LF4111200 .317
Evan Longoria, 3B5021121 .333
Carlos Pena, 1B4000133 .238
Ben Zobrist, RF5000005 .277
Jason Bartlett, SS4111110 .373
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4130001 .310
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   a- Willy Aybar, PH-2B1000010 .278
Dioner Navarro, C4010103 .212
James Shields, P3000013 .000
    Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
   b- Reid Brignac, PH-2B2000001 .250
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Totals4249369  
a-struck out for Howell in the 10th
b-grounded out for Wheeler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (11, Johnson), Evan Longoria (20, Johnson), Akinori Iwamura (13, Johnson)
3B - B.J. Upton (1, Johnson)
HR - Jason Bartlett (7, Nunez)
RBI - Carl Crawford (21), Evan Longoria (49), Jason Bartlett (30)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (14)
SB - Carl Crawford 2 (28, 2nd base off Johnson/Baker, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Baker), Jason Bartlett (14, 2nd base off Johnson/Baker)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Bartlett-Pena, Iwamura-Bartlett-Pena, Wheeler-Iwamura-Bartlett-Navarro
E - Carl Crawford (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields 6.21244271 3.63
Grant Balfour 0.1000000 4.95
Joe Nelson 0.1200010 5.50
Dan Wheeler 0.2000000 4.86
J.P. Howell 1000010 2.86
Lance Cormier (L,0-1) 1.1111210 2.30
Brian Shouse0200100 3.77
IBB - H. Ramirez by Brian Shouse
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 102-67, Grant Balfour 3-1, Joe Nelson 10-8, Dan Wheeler 3-3, J.P. Howell 9-6, Lance Cormier 24-12, Brian Shouse 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 5-5, Dan Wheeler 1-0, J.P. Howell 1-1, Lance Cormier 1-2
Batters Faced - James Shields 31, Grant Balfour 1, Joe Nelson 3, Dan Wheeler 1, J.P. Howell 3, Lance Cormier 7, Brian Shouse 3
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B6010022 .258
Jeremy Hermida, RF5030120 .271
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010112 .319
Ross Gload, 1B6131023 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B2000202 .205
John Baker, C4232101 .284
Cody Ross, CF5111013 .239
Chris Coghlan, LF5030012 .191
Josh Johnson, P3011011 .091
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000002 .212
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   b- Jorge Cantu, PH1010000 .276
    Brett Hayes, PR01000001.000
Totals435175510  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Nunez in the 8th
b-singled for Sanches in the 11th
Batting
2B - Ross Gload (1, Shields), Cody Ross (11, Shields)
HR - John Baker (6, Shields)
SH - Dan Uggla (1)
RBI - Ross Gload (7), John Baker 2 (19), Cody Ross (26), Josh Johnson (2)
SB - Dan Uggla (1, 2nd base off Cormier/Navarro)
PK - Emilio Bonifacio (2, Shields)
Team LOB - 13
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 7633370 2.67
Leo Nunez (BS,2) 1211011 3.63
Matt Lindstrom 0.2000300 6.50
Kiko Calero 0.1000000 2.42
Dan Meyer 1100010 2.79
Brian Sanches (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
IBB - Longoria by Matt Lindstrom
WP - Josh Johnson 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 114-68, Leo Nunez 18-13, Matt Lindstrom 26-10, Kiko Calero 3-2, Dan Meyer 16-9, Brian Sanches 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 9-5, Matt Lindstrom 1-1, Kiko Calero 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 30, Leo Nunez 5, Matt Lindstrom 5, Kiko Calero 1, Dan Meyer 4, Brian Sanches 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12839
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson