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Joyce homers, doubles in Rays' win

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MIAMI -- The game dragged on for nearly 4 hours as five Tampa Bay pitchers combined to throw 185 pitches, yet they allowed only one run.

Pretty ugly, huh?

"It wasn't an oil painting," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

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But it was a win. Tampa Bay wiggled out of several jams Friday night to beat the slumping Miami Marlins 5-1.

The Marlins went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. They are 1 for 28 in those situations during their homestand, losing all four games while totaling four runs.

"The only thing I don't see is running across the plate," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Whatever they're doing, do the opposite. We have to do better."

Matt Joyce homered, doubled and scored three times for the Rays. He went 2 for 3 with two walks, hiking his on-base percentage to .409.

Jose Lobaton added two doubles and scored once.

"We really had to battle and grind out some at-bats, and I thought we did a great job," Joyce said.

Rays pitchers allowed seven hits and a season-high eight walks. They led 3-1 when former Marlin Burke Badenhop (1-1) came on in the fifth and induced a double-play grounder to end a threat.

"That's why I'm here -- to get the ball on the ground," Badenhop said. "It worked out pretty nice. Nice to stay ahead of them there."

Badenhop threw 1 2/3 shutout innings. Fernando Rodney pitched a hitless ninth -- the only inning in which the Marlins didn't strand a runner.

"The bullpen was fantastic," Maddon said. "The star of the game: Badenhop."

Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up a career-high seven walks and threw 108 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, but he allowed only one run. The Marlins went 0 for 5 against him with runners in scoring position, and he has held batters to a .106 average with runners in scoring position this season, lowest in the majors.

"Helly had really good stuff, but the command just wasn't there with any of his pitches," Maddon said.

Before the game, Guillen said the demotion of outfielder Bryan Petersen to Triple-A served as a warning to several other struggling hitters, but it was more of the same for their dormant offense.

Miami loaded the bases with none out in the third but scored only one run -- on a sacrifice fly by Greg Dobbs. Hellickson walked two when he loaded the bases again with two outs in the fourth, but Giancarlo Stanton flied out to end the inning.

Miami stranded 13 runners.

"We just have to keep battling," Jose Reyes said. "We're going through a rough stretch, but we are better than what we're showing right now."

Reyes had two hits. Omar Infante had three and scored the Marlins' run in the third. Ricky Nolasco (6-4) allowed three runs in six innings.

The Rays scored the game's first run in the third inning. Joyce hit a bloop double and came home when B.J. Upton singled on an 0-2 pitch.

An unexpected bunt in the fourth paid off for Tampa Bay. Lobaton doubled and with one out, Hellickson sacrificed the runner to third. Lobaton then scored on a two-out infield hit by Will Rhymes.

Maddon declined to take credit for any unconventional strategy, saying Hellickson wasn't supposed to bunt.

"He just got confused right there," Maddon said with a laugh.

Joyce hit his 10th homer leading off the fifth to make it 3-1. Ben Zobrist lifted his average above .200 with a run-scoring single in the seventh, and Carlos Pena followed with an RBI single.

Notes

  • Hellickson has won one of his past seven starts despite allowing only 13 earned runs.
  • Thank goodness for a roof: Lightning was visible through the windows beyond left field during batting practice.
  • Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula threw the ceremonial first pitch to Guillen.
  • Stanton committed his sixth error, the most among major league outfielders.
  • Maddon described the Marlins' outfield wall as "Dodge Challenger green circa 1970 -- a very desirable color." As for the home run sculpture, he said, "Somebody liked it."
 
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Matt Joyce homers, doubles and scores three times in the Rays' victory over the Marlins.  (AP)
Matt Joyce homers, doubles and scores three times in the Rays' victory over the Marlins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

M. Joyce
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Miami

O. Infante
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Rhymes, 3B5011001 .260
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Desmond Jennings, LF5110022 .267
Matt Joyce, RF3321210 .292
B.J. Upton, CF5011023 .278
Ben Zobrist, 2B4021100 .206
Carlos Pena, 1B3011203 .198
Jose Lobaton, C4120012 .308
Sean Rodriguez, SS-3B4000023 .218
Jeremy Hellickson, P1000002 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P1000010 .000
    Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
   a- Luke Scott, PH1000000 .220
    Elliot Johnson, SS0000000 .246
Totals36510559  
a-grounded out for McGee in the 8th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings (4, Webb), Matt Joyce (7, Nolasco), Jose Lobaton 2 (3, Nolasco, Nolasco)
HR - Matt Joyce (10, Nolasco)
SH - Jeremy Hellickson (1)
RBI - Will Rhymes (4), Matt Joyce (30), B.J. Upton (21), Ben Zobrist (21), Carlos Pena (26)
2-OUT RBI - Will Rhymes (3), B.J. Upton (8)
SB - Luke Scott (3, 2nd base off Rosario/Buck)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - S. Rodriguez-Zobrist-Pena, Johnson-Zobrist-Pena
E - Jose Lobaton (3, Interference)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson 4.1511730 2.65
Burke Badenhop (W,1-1) 1.2100010 3.46
Jake McGee 1000010 1.83
Joel Peralta 1100010 3.96
Fernando Rodney 1000110 0.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 108-59, Burke Badenhop 22-15, Jake McGee 23-18, Joel Peralta 15-11, Fernando Rodney 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 6-4, Burke Badenhop 2-1, Jake McGee 2-0, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 25, Burke Badenhop 5, Jake McGee 4, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5020003 .281
Omar Infante, 2B5130002 .308
Hanley Ramirez, 3B2000312 .261
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000214 .291
Greg Dobbs, 1B2011012 .307
   a- Justin Ruggiano, PH-LF1000010 .333
Austin Kearns, LF-1B4000022 .346
Chris Coghlan, CF3000103 .157
John Buck, C4010001 .167
Ricky Nolasco, P0000200 .174
   b- Donnie Murphy, PH1000000 .136
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Sandy Rosario, P0000000 .000
   c- Logan Morrison, PH1000010 .214
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3117187  
a-awarded first on catcher's interference for Dobbs in the 7th
b-flied out for Nolasco in the 6th
c-struck out for Rosario in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (13, Badenhop), Omar Infante (14, Hellickson), John Buck (5, Hellickson)
SF - Greg Dobbs (3)
RBI - Greg Dobbs (12)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Dobbs
E - Omar Infante (5, Misplayed grounder), Giancarlo Stanton (6, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (L,6-4) 6633461 4.36
Ryan Webb 0.1322110 4.30
Sandy Rosario 1.2000010 0.00
Heath Bell 1100010 6.35
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 99-59, Ryan Webb 20-11, Sandy Rosario 17-13, Heath Bell 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 6-6, Sandy Rosario 4-0, Heath Bell 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 28, Ryan Webb 5, Sandy Rosario 5, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29628
Game Time - 3:49
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez