Miami at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: F. Rodney (2-2) L: M. Dunn (1-1)
HR: MIA - C. Coghlan (1)   TB - None

Rays win in bottom of ninth; extend Marlins' skid to seven wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Miami Marlins came up short again despite their second successive strong offensive game.

Desmond Jennings drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-6 victory.

The Rays came back from an early 4-0 deficit and won their third in a row. Miami lost its seventh straight.

"I was happy with the way we swung the bats," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We coughed up two leads. We had a couple chances to shut them down and win that ballgame. We just couldn't get them out. If we continue to swing the bats like we did the last couple days, we're going to win some of these games."

Chris Coghlan had a home run, triple and three RBI for the Marlins. Miami scored five or more runs in a second successive game for the first time this season.

Three of Miami's past five losses have come in their opponents' final at-bat.

"Anytime you get walked off three times in a road trip, that's rough," Redmond said. "It wears on everybody. I sensed that the attitude was good in the dugout. We just didn't get it done. Everybody's frustrated, but at the same time, too, you've got to keep battling."

Marcell Ozuna doubled in the Miami second, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, and scored on Justin Ruggiano's single.

The Marlins made it 4-0 in the third against Jeremy Hellickson with the help of RBI triples by Derek Dietrich and Coghlan.

Kelly Johnson opened the ninth with an infield single and took second on Evan Longoria's single off Mike Dunn (1-1).

With two outs, Jennings singled against Chad Qualls.

"It's hard," Dunn said. "The team battled. It's tough."

Fernando Rodney (2-2) got the victory pitching a perfect ninth.

Jennings, Luke Scott and Yunel Escobar each had three of Tampa Bay's 16 hits.

Greg Dobbs' two-out single off Joel Peralta gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead in the eighth. Singles by Scott, Jennings and Escobar off Dunn tied it in the bottom half.

Coghlan led off the sixth with his first home run of the season.

Miami starter Kevin Slowey pitched into the sixth, leaving after a double by Scott. Jose Lobaton's two-run double off Ryan Webb later in the inning tied it at 5.

"You're disappointed anytime your team gives you the lead and you can't hold on to it," Slowey said. "I thought tonight was a battle on both sides. For both pitchers, both bullpens and all the way around."

Hellickson pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

Johnson doubled home a run in the third. He has 25 RBI in 22 games this month.


  • Slowey is winless during his past four starts, including three losses.
  • Dobbs has driven in a run in back-to-back games after going 26 in a row without one.
  • Marlins INFs Joe Mahoney (right hamstring strain) and Donovan Solano (left intercostal strain) are expected to start playing in minor league games by the end of the week. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) could be ready to return after two more minor league starts.
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Desmond Jennings reacts to his postgame dousing after delivering a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning.  (USATSI)
Desmond Jennings reacts to his postgame dousing after delivering a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

Y. Escobar
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

C. Coghlan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Placido Polanco, 3B5120010 .236
Derek Dietrich, 2B4111001 .238
Marcell Ozuna, RF3320100 .316
Chris Coghlan, LF4123012 .260
Justin Ruggiano, CF4011001 .218
Greg Dobbs, 1B4021001 .229
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000023 .191
Jeff Mathis, C4000010 .050
2B - Marcell Ozuna (8, Hellickson)
3B - Derek Dietrich (1, Hellickson), Chris Coghlan (3, Hellickson)
HR - Chris Coghlan (1, Hellickson)
RBI - Derek Dietrich (8), Chris Coghlan 3 (5), Justin Ruggiano (22), Greg Dobbs (10)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Dietrich (4), Chris Coghlan 2 (4), Greg Dobbs (3)
SB - Justin Ruggiano (7, 2nd base off Hellickson/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Polanco-Dietrich-Dobbs
Miami Marlins
Kevin Slowey 5.1844040 3.59
Ryan Webb (BS,1) 0.2111100 2.96
Dan Jennings 1100000 0.00
Mike Dunn (BS,1; L,1-1) 1.2522110 2.38
Chad Qualls0100000 3.05
IBB - Zobrist by Mike Dunn
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 93-62, Ryan Webb 15-7, Dan Jennings 10-5, Mike Dunn 31-24, Chad Qualls 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 3-9, Dan Jennings 1-1, Mike Dunn 2-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 24, Ryan Webb 4, Dan Jennings 3, Mike Dunn 11, Chad Qualls 1
Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist, 2B-RF4010102 .247
Matt Joyce, RF3011000 .265
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH-2B1000003 .234
Kelly Johnson, LF5121011 .299
Evan Longoria, 3B5010013 .320
James Loney, 1B5000004 .331
Luke Scott, DH5230012 .268
Desmond Jennings, CF4231101 .246
Jose Lobaton, C3122011 .256
   b- Sean Rodriguez, PH1000012 .262
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .244
Yunel Escobar, SS4132001 .235
a-hit into fielder's choice for Joyce in the 8th
b-struck out for Lobaton in the 8th
2B - Kelly Johnson (6, Slowey), Luke Scott (2, Slowey), Desmond Jennings (12, Slowey), Jose Lobaton (5, Webb), Yunel Escobar (10, Slowey)
SF - Matt Joyce (1)
RBI - Matt Joyce (21), Kelly Johnson (33), Desmond Jennings (19), Jose Lobaton 2 (10), Yunel Escobar 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (6), Yunel Escobar 2 (10)
Team LOB - 10
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hellickson 5.1755131 5.61
Jamey Wright 1.2100010 3.68
Joel Peralta 1211000 2.13
Fernando Rodney (W,2-2) 1000010 5.48
WP - Joel Peralta (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 104-67, Jamey Wright 17-11, Joel Peralta 24-17, Fernando Rodney 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 7-6, Jamey Wright 4-0, Joel Peralta 1-2, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 24, Jamey Wright 6, Joel Peralta 5, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13876
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Greg Gibson