Miami at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: J. Turner (2-3) L: J. Odorizzi (2-6)
HR: MIA - G. Stanton (17),M. Ozuna (11)   TB - K. Kiermaier (3),B. Zobrist (5)

Rays lose 10th in row; Miami's Realmuto has 3 RBI in debut wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- J.T. Realmuto had a remarkable start to his big league career.

Realmuto had three RBI in his debut, Marcell Ozuna had a home run and four RBI, and the Miami Marlins handed Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss by beating the Rays 11-6 on Thursday.

"You can't really ask for much better from my standpoint," Realmuto said.

Realmuto drove in two runs on his first big league hit, a fourth-inning single, and added a sixth-inning RBI single.

Marlins infielder Justin Bour also made his major league debut as the designated hitter and had an infield single during the fourth for his first hit. He picked up his first RBI with a single in the seventh.

"It's fun to have young kids in there, watching them get their first at-bats in the big leagues, and watching them have a nice day and for us to get a win," Miami manager Mike Redmond said.

Ozuna's two-run homer put Miami up 11-6 in the ninth. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 17th home run, a two-run shot during a three-run seventh that made it 9-5.

The Marlins beat the Rays for the fourth straight time in a home-and-home interleague series. Miami has 12 consecutive interleague victories, including seven this season.

"It's not easy sweeping a team," Redmond said. "Fortunately, our offense just kept the pressure on."

Kevin Kiermaier and Ben Zobrist homered for the Rays, who matched the longest skid in the majors this season. Boston dropped 10 straight from May 15-25, with Tampa Bay handing them the last three losses in the streak. The Rays haven't won since.

"This team's too good for that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "There's too much talent on this team to go through this particular moment. I'm really not into the blame game. We're all culpable when it doesn't go well. I mean that sincerely. It's a good ballclub. These are good baseball players."

Tampa Bay has the majors worst record at 23-38 and are 14 games behind AL East-leading Toronto.

Redmond was ejected by first base umpire Bill Miller for arguing after Desmond Jennings RBI double down the first-base line got the Rays to 9-6 in the seventh.

"I clearly thought that ball was foul," Redmond said. "When I got out there, I reaffirmed the fact that it was foul, but I couldn't convince him."

Jacob Turner (2-3) allowed five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings for Miami. He had been 0-11 in his previous 19 road starts.

A three-run sixth gave the Marlins a 6-3 lead. Casey McGehee ended starter Jake Odorizzi's day with a leadoff double. Jake McGee (2-1) entered and allowed RBI singles to Ozuna and Realmuto.

Matt Joyce had an RBI triple and pinch-hitter Jerry Sands hit a run-scoring single that cut the Rays' deficit to 6-5 later in the sixth. Sands' hit ended a stretch that saw Tampa Bay go 0 for 34 with runners in scoring position.

Ozuna hit an RBI single and Realmuto had his two-run single to help the Marlins take a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

Odorizzi gave up four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

Tampa Bay pulled even at 3 on fifth-inning solo homers by Kiermaier and Zobrist. James Loney put the Rays ahead 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the first.


The Rays held a moment of silence for team senior adviser Don Zimmer, who died Wednesday night at the age of 83. ... Tampa Bay C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring tightness) ran the bases and could start a minor league rehab assignment Saturday. ... Marlins SS Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) moved his rehab assignment from Class A Jupiter to Double-A Jacksonville.

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Miami's Jacob "J.T." Realmuto drives in two runs with his first big-league hit -- a single in the fourth inning.  (Getty Images)
Miami's Jacob "J.T." Realmuto drives in two runs with his first big-league hit -- a single in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Ozuna
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
Tampa Bay

K. Kiermaier
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Christian Yelich, LF5000031 .242
Donovan Solano, 2B5110010 .227
Giancarlo Stanton, RF5122010 .314
Casey McGehee, 3B5440001 .298
Garrett Jones, 1B5230011 .272
Marcell Ozuna, CF5334022 .274
Justin Bour, DH5021022 .400
Jacob Realmuto, C4023002 .500
   Jeff Mathis, C1000000 .255
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4001014 .264
Jacob Turner, P0000000 .250
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
2B - Casey McGehee (14, Odorizzi)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (17, Boxberger), Marcell Ozuna (11, Lueke)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (53), Marcell Ozuna 4 (39), Justin Bour (1), Jacob Realmuto 3 (3), Adeiny Hechavarria (13)
2-OUT RBI - Marcell Ozuna (18), Jacob Realmuto 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Miami Marlins
Jacob Turner (W,2-3) 5.1855132 5.93
Dan Jennings 0000100 1.26
Chris Hatcher (H,2) 1311010 4.50
A.J. Ramos (H,9) 1.2200030 2.81
Mike Dunn 1000100 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 84-55, Dan Jennings 4-0, Chris Hatcher 18-14, A.J. Ramos 28-19, Mike Dunn 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 9-4, Chris Hatcher 1-1, A.J. Ramos 1-1, Mike Dunn 2-1
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 25, Dan Jennings 1, Chris Hatcher 6, A.J. Ramos 7, Mike Dunn 4
Tampa Bay Rays
David DeJesus, DH5120002 .264
Ben Zobrist, 2B4111124 .251
Evan Longoria, 3B5120013 .268
James Loney, 1B4001002 .282
Desmond Jennings, CF5121001 .236
Matt Joyce, LF4121011 .279
   a-Sean Rodriguez, PH0000100 .225
Yunel Escobar, SS5000004 .251
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3131100 .379
Ali Solis, C2000021 .000
   b-Jerry Sands, PH1011000 .167
   Jose Molina, C1000011 .140
Jake Odorizzi, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Joyce in the 9th
b-singled for Solis in the 6th
2B - Evan Longoria (8, Hatcher), Desmond Jennings (13, Hatcher), Kevin Kiermaier (2, Turner)
3B - Matt Joyce (1, Turner)
HR - Ben Zobrist (5, Turner), Kevin Kiermaier (3, Turner)
SF - James Loney (4)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (13), James Loney (29), Desmond Jennings (15), Matt Joyce (23), Kevin Kiermaier (4), Jerry Sands (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Zobrist (4)
SB - Kevin Kiermaier (1, 3rd base off Turner/Realmuto)
Team LOB - 10
Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Odorizzi (L,2-6) 5744080 5.31
Jake McGee 1322000 1.69
Brad Boxberger 0333001 2.70
Joel Peralta 1200020 4.50
Grant Balfour 1000000 4.98
Josh Lueke 1222011 5.64
WP - Brad Boxberger (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 94-63, Jake McGee 22-16, Brad Boxberger 13-10, Joel Peralta 22-14, Grant Balfour 13-8, Josh Lueke 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 3-4, Jake McGee 2-1, Grant Balfour 2-1
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 22, Jake McGee 6, Brad Boxberger 3, Joel Peralta 5, Grant Balfour 3, Josh Lueke 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10442
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Adam Hamari