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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.
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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.
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.
|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 Rays|
|Will Rhymes, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Cesar Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Desmond Jennings, LF-CF||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Matt Joyce, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH-LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.160|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||2||3||1||0||2||0||0||.201|
|b- Drew Sutton, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||3||4||3||4||2||0||0||.218|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||5||2||4||3||0||0||0||.268|
|Jose Molina, C||4||2||2||3||1||1||1||.196|
|Matt Moore, P||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.000|
|Wade Davis, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Sean Rodriguez, PR-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.217|
|a-doubled for Upton in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Pena in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Zobrist-Johnson-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Moore (W,3-5)||6||5||4||4||2||9||1||4.59|
|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|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||2||.280|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.302|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.262|
|Donnie Murphy, PR-3B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.295|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||3||1||2||3||1||0||0||.389|
|Austin Kearns, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.339|
|Donovan Solano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.444|
|John Buck, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.162|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Chad Gaudin, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|a- Chris Coghlan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.155|
|Sandy Rosario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brett Hayes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.276|
|a-grounded out for Gaudin in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Cishek in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Infante-Reyes-Kearns, Reyes-Infante-Kearns|
|Carlos Zambrano (L,4-4)||2.1||5||7||7||3||1||1||3.55|
|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|
|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|