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    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Josh Johnson had to work out of a few jams Sunday in pitching five scoreless innings for the Miami Marlins in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

    "A little bit of everything," Johnson said of his fifth start. "Some good, some bad, some ugly, but I got my pitch count up and got my adrenaline going that last inning, so it was good."

    Miami's opening-day starter, Johnson allowed three hits, struck out four and walked five. He threw 45 of 79 pitches for strikes.

    He walked Evan Longoria in the first, threw a wild pitch and walked Carlos Pena, prompting catcher John Buck to head to the mound.

    "I knew he was a little out of whack," Buck said. "Every time he was delivering the ball it looked a little different. I could see a bunch of his chest, the spin of the ball would change."

    The next two innings were far smoother for Johnson, who hit an RBI double to deep left-center in the second.

    "Everything was on time. My tempo was a lot better. I was going after guys, throwing quality pitches. That's what I've been looking for all spring, those two innings right there," Johnson said.

    Johnson encountered trouble in the fourth, giving up a leadoff single to Longoria and loading the bases with walks to Pena and Luke Scott. He induced Jose Molina to ground into an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play.

    Johnson escaped another jam in the fifth, with runners on second and third and no out. He struck out Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce, then retired Longoria on a flyout.

    "You have to do whatever you can to get guys out," Johnson said. "That's one of those times you go for the strikeout."

    Marlins head athletic trainer Sean Cunningham and pitching coach Randy St. Claire went out to check on Johnson in the fifth, but he shook them off. They were concerned about a fingernail, which digs into his skin when he throws his slider. Johnson said it's just something he deals with and has played through for a while.

    "That's normal for him from what I hear," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "JJ threw the ball very well. I'm very happy where he is at right now."

    Rays starter Wade Davis struggled in what could be his final bid to make Tampa Bay's rotation. Davis gave up four runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings with two strikeouts. He threw 52 of 91 pitches for strikes as his ERA rose to 4.91.

    It wasn't an ideal outing for a pitcher competing with fellow right-hander Jeff Niemann for a spot in the starting rotation.

    "I would have loved to have done a lot better," Davis said. "The past couple of spring trainings I've had some rough springs. I've definitely excelled better this year than I have in the past. But at the same time you want to do better, and I'm definitely on a better track of being ready for the season that I have been in the past physically. My stuff's sharper, I've added more weapons to my repertoire and ultimately it's not up to me."

    Rays manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw from Davis at the start, when he struck out Hanley Ramirez after the speedy Emilio Bonifacio tripled down the left-field line.

    "I thought he started out great," Maddon said. "I really liked the first inning a lot, and then after that it just, the stuff just went away a little bit. Nothing wrong with him physically, but I really liked the first inning a lot and I thought we were going to see more of that, and then it seemed like after home run it went back into that high-80 range. He still threw some pretty good breaking balls but lost a little bit of his fastball."

    Davis gave up homers to Buck and Bryan Peterson in the fourth, which extended Miami's lead to 4-0.

    NOTES: Marlins LF Logan Morrison (knee), RF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) and INF Greg Dobbs all hit in a minor league scrimmage in Jupiter. Morrison and Stanton could play in the field in a minor league game on Monday. ... Rays LF Desmond Jennings (shoulder) played left field and ran the bases in a minor league scrimmage. ... Rays SS Reid Brignac (foot) also played in the minor league scrimmage. ... The Rays reassigned C Craig Albernaz, OF Brad Coon, 1B Matt Mangini, RHP Jhonny Nunez and RHP Romulo Sanchez to their minor league camp.

     
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    Miami Marlins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jose Reyes, SS5010014 .316
    Emilio Bonifacio, CF5010012 .179
        Isaac Galloway, PR-RF0000000 .000
    Hanley Ramirez, 3B4020011 .405
        Donovan Solano, PR-3B1100012 .375
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000114 .211
    John Buck, C2111302 .281
    Omar Infante, 2B4110125 .333
    Aaron Rowand, LF-RF^CF4121002 .143
       a- Jacob Smolinski, PH-CF1000001 .000
    Bryan Petersen, RF4112014 .231
        Daniel Black, SS0000100 .000
       b- Nick Green, PH0000100 .200
        Chris Coghlan, LF2010002 .267
    Totals38511578  
    a-flied out for Rowand in the 9th
    b-walked for Johnson in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Hanley Ramirez (4, Badenhop), Josh Johnson (1, Davis)
    3B - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Davis)
    HR - John Buck (2, Davis), Bryan Petersen (1, Davis)
    RBI - John Buck (6), Aaron Rowand (3), Bryan Petersen 2 (4), Josh Johnson (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (1), Josh Johnson (1)
    SB - Hanley Ramirez (2, 2nd base off Davis/Molina)
    PK - Jose Reyes (1, Davis)
    Team LOB - 13
    Fielding
    DP - Reyes-Infante-G. Sanchez, Infante-Black-G. Sanchez
    E - Omar Infante (2, Misplayed grounder), Bryan Petersen (1, Throwing)
    Miami Marlins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Josh Johnson (W,2-1) 5300540 1.62
    Edward Mujica (H,4) 1211000 1.80
    Beau Jones (H,3) 1000100 0.00
    Rob Delaney (H,1) 1000010 6.23
    Chad Gaudin 1200000 1.74
    HBP - Johnson (by Edward Mujica)
    WP - Josh Johnson (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-4, Edward Mujica 2-0, Beau Jones 3-1, Rob Delaney 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-1
    Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 21, Edward Mujica 5, Beau Jones 5, Rob Delaney 3, Chad Gaudin 4
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ben Zobrist, RF3010012 .182
        Jose Lobaton, C2000001 .219
    Matt Joyce, LF3000033 .225
        Chris Gimenez, 1B2000002 .214
    Evan Longoria, 3B2010102 .174
        Jeff Salazar, LF0000100 .292
    Carlos Pena, 1B1110200 .143
        Will Rhymes, 2B1000002 .171
    Jeff Keppinger, 2B3000004 .351
        Jesus Feliciano, CF1000000 .275
    Luke Scott, DH3001100 .154
    Jose Molina, C3010001 .241
        Robi Estrada, PR0000000 .000
        Matt Mangini, 3B1000010 .308
    Elliot Johnson, CF1000100 .146
        Brad Coon, RF1010000 .214
    Sean Rodriguez, SS4020000 .222
        Robby Price, PR0000000 .333
    Totals3117165  
    Batting
    2B - Carlos Pena (1, Mujica)
    RBI - Luke Scott (3)
    SB - Sean Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Johnson/Buck)
    CS - Ben Zobrist (1, 2nd base by Johnson/Buck)
    PK - Elliot Johnson (1, Mujica)
    Team LOB - 10
    Fielding
    E - Will Rhymes (2, Misplayed grounder)
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Wade Davis (L,1-2) 4.2744322 4.91
    J.P. Howell 1.1100120 2.57
    Burke Badenhop 1211110 3.52
    Romulo Sanchez 2100230 3.86
    WP - Burke Badenhop (1)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 6-5, Romulo Sanchez 2-2
    Batters Faced - Wade Davis 23, J.P. Howell 6, Burke Badenhop 6, Romulo Sanchez 10
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5460
    Game Time - 3:08
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Chad Whitson