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Zobrist's two HRs, four RBI lead Rays

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MIAMI -- It has been a rough start to the season for Ben Zobrist. He's hoping a two-homer game will turn things around.

Zobrist drove in four runs Saturday night to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 13-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.

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"It's been a long couple of months for me trying to get things going and hopefully this is a sign of good things to come," Zobrist said.

Zobrist went 3 for 3, walked twice, scored four runs, and raised his batting average from .206 to .218.

"He obviously had a great game," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Jose Molina and Elliot Johnson had three RBI each for the Rays, who have won three straight.

Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (3-5) struck out nine and allowed four runs in six innings.

"We did an unbelievable job of when we had someone on they were getting in," Moore said. "It was a lot of fun pitching behind stuff like that."

The Marlins have lost the first five games of a nine-game homestand.

"We played terrible," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Carlos Zambrano (4-4) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings before leaving with lower back stiffness.

Guillen and a trainer tended to Zambrano after he issued a one-out walk in the third. Zambrano was convincing enough to stay in the game despite a 5-0 deficit. Following the visit to the mound, Zambrano immediately surrendered a two-run homer to Zobrist that ended his outing. Zobrist's homer, estimated at 379 feet, hit off the facade of the upper deck in right field.

"I came in today with some discomfort," Zambrano said. "I had it stretched by the trainers. During the game it was aggravated to the point that I couldn't pitch anymore. I should have said something before."

Zobrist connected again to right field in the fifth -- another two-run shot for a 9-0 lead. It was the second multi-home run game of his career. He hit two at Detroit on Sept. 25, 2008.

Tampa Bay scored five runs in the second as the first five batters reached base including Johnson with a two-run single. Desmond Jennings, Molina, and Moore also drove in runs in the inning.

"During the course of a baseball season you're going to do it right sometimes and sometimes you're going to mess it up," Maddon said. "Tonight we didn't mess it up. We got it right."

Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer for Miami.

Notes

  • It was Zambrano's shortest start since June 30, 2011 while with the Cubs when he left after an inning due to back soreness against the Giants.
  • Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) successfully ran the bases before the game and is hopeful to begin a rehab assignment soon. "He did fine," Maddon said. "He's improving all of the time. I guess we will run him again on Tuesday and make a determination. If everything goes well he should be out probably immediately after that."
  • There were loud cheers during the game from fans watching the Heat-Celtics Game 7 on TVs throughout the stadium.
  • Before the game, the wives of Marlins and Rays players met in a charity softball game to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami and Autism Speaks, Tampa Bay Charter with the Rays winning 14-2. "We have a very athletic group of young ladies here," Maddon said.
  • Tampa Bay will send RHP James Shields (6-4, 4.27 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale against RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19 ERA), who is coming off his worst outing of the season allowing seven runs in an 11-0 loss to the Braves on June 5.
 
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The Rays' Ben Zobrist connects for two homers for his second multi-home run game of his career.  (AP)
The Rays' Ben Zobrist connects for two homers for his second multi-home run game of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 3
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Rhymes, 3B4000101 .247
    Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
Desmond Jennings, LF-CF5011000 .265
Matt Joyce, RF5000012 .283
B.J. Upton, CF4110000 .277
   a- Hideki Matsui, PH-LF1110000 .160
Carlos Pena, 1B2310200 .201
   b- Drew Sutton, PH-1B1000001 .243
Ben Zobrist, 2B3434200 .218
Elliot Johnson, SS5243000 .268
Jose Molina, C4223111 .196
Matt Moore, P2001011 .000
    Wade Davis, P10100001.000
    Sean Rodriguez, PR-3B1000001 .217
Totals3813141263  
a-doubled for Upton in the 9th
b-grounded out for Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (1, Cishek), Jose Molina (5, Rosario)
HR - Ben Zobrist 2 (8, Zambrano, Gaudin)
SH - Matt Moore (1)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (12), Ben Zobrist 4 (25), Elliot Johnson 3 (14), Jose Molina 3 (10), Matt Moore (1)
2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (7)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Johnson-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (W,3-5) 6544291 4.59
Wade Davis 1100000 2.20
Cesar Ramos 2200020 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 102-66, Wade Davis 23-14, Cesar Ramos 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 5-4, Wade Davis 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 25, Wade Davis 4, Cesar Ramos 8
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4110122 .280
Omar Infante, 2B4000002 .302
Hanley Ramirez, 3B3010020 .262
    Donnie Murphy, PR-3B1100000 .133
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4121000 .295
Justin Ruggiano, CF3123100 .389
Austin Kearns, 1B4010011 .339
Donovan Solano, LF4010012 .444
John Buck, C4000024 .162
Carlos Zambrano, P0000000 .174
    Chad Gaudin, P2000022 .000
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH1000000 .155
    Sandy Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   b- Brett Hayes, PH1000012 .276
Totals35484211  
a-grounded out for Gaudin in the 7th
b-struck out for Cishek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (17, Moore), Justin Ruggiano (3, Moore)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (2, Moore)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (42), Justin Ruggiano 3 (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-Reyes-Kearns, Reyes-Infante-Kearns
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano (L,4-4) 2.1577311 3.55
Chad Gaudin 4.2322021 4.62
Sandy Rosario0433000 16.20
Randy Choate 1000100 0.49
Steve Cishek 1211200 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 57-27, Chad Gaudin 55-38, Sandy Rosario 13-9, Randy Choate 14-5, Steve Cishek 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 2-4, Chad Gaudin 5-7, Randy Choate 2-0, Steve Cishek 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 15, Chad Gaudin 17, Sandy Rosario 4, Randy Choate 3, Steve Cishek 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30963
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Cory Blaser