Kiermaier, Garcia lead Rays to 8-1 win over Dodgers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) It was a night of redemption for Kevin Kiermaier, who hit a three-run homer and made the biggest defensive play of the game to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on Wednesday.

One day earlier, Kiermaier's baserunning blunder took the Rays out of a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers.

''I don't think it had any carry-over,'' Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. ''For him to do what he did on defense and then at the plate to really separate the game was big for us. We needed a little bit of breathing room. We haven't had much lately.''

Avisail Garcia and Kiermaier each hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to power the Rays. Kiermaier also made a rocket throw from center field to cut down Cody Bellinger at home plate, keeping the score tied 1-all in the sixth.

Bellinger, who was aboard on a fielder's choice, failed to reach base safely for the first time in 46 starts this season. He went 0 for 4, dropping his major league-leading batting average to .394.

Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, and Brandon Lowe singled in the go-ahead run to spark a seven-run seventh. Emilio Pagan (1-0) got four outs in relief.

Garcia's eighth homer came off Dylan Floro, who entered with a 0.44 ERA - best among NL relievers. Floro (1-1) pitched to four batters and got none of them out.

''I know it's going to happen,'' said Floro, whose ERA spiked to 2.21. ''I'm just disappointed to let the team down. I know I'm not going to be perfect every single time. This game is way too hard and it's not just a month long. You've just got to learn from it and move on.''

Kiermaier capped the big inning with his fourth home run, which came off left-hander Caleb Ferguson. It was the first homer by Kiermaier off a lefty since June 25 last year.

''I always tell people it makes it even more special off a lefty. I haven't seen a whole lot lately,'' said Kiermaier, who has been held out of the lineup against some left-handers. ''I want to be in there each and every day, and at-bats like that are going to make it tougher on them to keep me out of the lineup.''

Pham led off the fourth with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot off starter Rich Hill.

Max Muncy tied it with a home run in the sixth off Rays reliever Yonny Chirinos. It was Muncy's 10th of the season and eighth on the road.

Tampa Bay opener Ryne Stanek pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two.

After Muncy's drive in the sixth, Bellinger kept the inning going by beating a throw to first base to prevent a double play. He tried to score the lead run on Russell Martin's two-out single, but Kiermaier threw him out.

Bellinger's 45-game on-base streak to start the season stands as the sixth-longest in major league history. The longest, 57 games, was accomplished by John Olerud of the New York Mets in 1999.

SHIFTING THOUGHTS

The first of five hits off Hill was Ji-Man Choi's bunt single down the third base line with nobody playing third. ''In my opinion, I don't like to see the entire left side of the field left open,'' said Hill, who gave up one run in six innings. ''I think hitters are getting better at understanding how to beat the shift. ... Guys are getting more savvy. We're trying to put our guys in position to have an optimal outcome. It's one of those things where you love it when it works and you hate it when it doesn't.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez is expected to be available Friday after being hit by a line drive just below the right knee Tuesday night. ... RHP Kenta Maeda (left adductor strain) will pitch Sunday at Pittsburgh, his first start since May 15.

Rays: 3B-1B Yandy Diaz, hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday, was out of the lineup for the second straight game. ... INF Joey Wendle, out since April 26 with a broken right wrist, had his cast removed and will increase range of motion and strengthening drills. ... Rehabbing INF Matt Duffy aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be evaluated.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.83 ERA) will pitch Friday night's opener of a three-game series at Pittsburgh.

Rays: A four-game series starts Thursday night at Cleveland, where the Rays are 27-51 all-time.

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  • W: E. Pagan (1-0)L: D. Floro (1-1)
  • HR: LAD - M. Muncy (10), TB - A. Garcia (8), T. Pham (6), K. Kiermaier (4)
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C. Bellinger RF40000014.394.478.7651.243-0.5
C. Seager SS30000002.231.320.367.6861.0
R. Martin C40100010.260.387.420.8070.5
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    J. Choi 1B40200011.264.336.403.7391.5
    W. Adames SS40000013.231.304.357.660-0.5
    D. Robertson 3B21000110.192.312.283.5952.5
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    T. d'Arnaud C20000002.067.143.067.2100.0
    b- A. Meadows PH11000010.336.423.6541.0771.5
    E. Kratz C00000000.108.195.243.4380.0
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    B. Lowe 2B41210012.288.337.551.8893.5
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    • a-flied out for Pham in the 8th
    • b-hit by pitch for d'Arnaud in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Muncy (10)
    • RBI - M. Muncy (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, C. Bellinger, C. Seager 2 (2), R. Martin 2 (2), M. Beaty
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Garcia (8), T. Pham (6), K. Kiermaier (4)
    • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (20), T. Pham (20), K. Kiermaier 3 (17), B. Lowe (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier 3 (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Velazquez, W. Adames, K. Kiermaier 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Seager-Hernandez-Muncy; Seager-Hernandez-Muncy)
    • E - C. Seager (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Hill6.05112712.671.0716.5
    D. Floro (L, 1-1)0.03440012.210.93-12.0
    C. Ferguson1.01331214.601.60-1.0
    R. Stripling1.01000003.051.102.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Hill6.0
    D. Floro (L, 1-1)0.0
    C. Ferguson1.0
    R. Stripling1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek1.21001203.461.082.0
    Y. Chirinos3.23110213.200.916.0
    A. Kolarek0.10000003.241.200.0
    E. Pagan (W, 1-0)1.11000100.560.699.5
    C. Sadler2.00002101.350.984.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek1.2
    Y. Chirinos3.2
    A. Kolarek0.1
    E. Pagan (W, 1-0)1.1
    C. Sadler2.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - D. Floro (2), C. Ferguson (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 90-63, D. Floro 11-8, C. Ferguson 29-18, R. Stripling 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 7-3
    • Batters Faced - R. Hill 24, D. Floro 4, C. Ferguson 6, R. Stripling 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Kolarek (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 24-15, Y. Chirinos 49-28, A. Kolarek 6-4, E. Pagan 12-10, C. Sadler 36-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-2, Y. Chirinos 2-7, A. Kolarek 1-0, E. Pagan 2-0, C. Sadler 4-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, Y. Chirinos 14, A. Kolarek 2, E. Pagan 4, C. Sadler 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Muncy 1B41211001.269.363.500.8637.0
    J. Turner 3B30100103.282.378.429.8082.0
    C. Bellinger RF40000014.394.478.7651.243-0.5
    C. Seager SS30000002.231.320.367.6861.0
    R. Martin C40100010.260.387.420.8070.5
    A. Verdugo CF30000120.311.361.508.8690.0
    M. Beaty DH40000011.231.231.231.462-0.5
    E. Hernandez 2B30100010.222.298.399.6960.5
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      T. Pham LF32111110.279.393.436.8297.5
      a- A. Velazquez PH-LF10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Choi 1B40200011.264.336.403.7391.5
      W. Adames SS40000013.231.304.357.660-0.5
      D. Robertson 3B21000110.192.312.283.5952.5
      K. Kiermaier CF31131112.234.300.421.7218.5
      T. d'Arnaud C20000002.067.143.067.2100.0
      b- A. Meadows PH11000010.336.423.6541.0771.5
      E. Kratz C00000000.108.195.243.4380.0
      G. Heredia RF41300010.280.379.420.7993.5
      B. Lowe 2B41210012.288.337.551.8893.5
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      • a-flied out for Pham in the 8th
      • b-hit by pitch for d'Arnaud in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Muncy (10)
      • RBI - M. Muncy (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, C. Bellinger, C. Seager 2 (2), R. Martin 2 (2), M. Beaty
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Garcia (8), T. Pham (6), K. Kiermaier (4)
      • RBI - A. Garcia 3 (20), T. Pham (20), K. Kiermaier 3 (17), B. Lowe (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Kiermaier 3 (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Velazquez, W. Adames, K. Kiermaier 2 (2), T. d'Arnaud 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Seager-Hernandez-Muncy; Seager-Hernandez-Muncy)
      • E - C. Seager (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Kiermaier
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Hill6.05112712.671.0716.5
      D. Floro (L, 1-1)0.03440012.210.93-12.0
      C. Ferguson1.01331214.601.60-1.0
      R. Stripling1.01000003.051.102.0
      Total8.01088393---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Hill6.0
      D. Floro (L, 1-1)0.0
      C. Ferguson1.0
      R. Stripling1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.21001203.461.082.0
      Y. Chirinos3.23110213.200.916.0
      A. Kolarek0.10000003.241.200.0
      E. Pagan (W, 1-0)1.11000100.560.699.5
      C. Sadler2.00002101.350.984.5
      Total9.0511361---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.2
      Y. Chirinos3.2
      A. Kolarek0.1
      E. Pagan (W, 1-0)1.1
      C. Sadler2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Floro (2), C. Ferguson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 90-63, D. Floro 11-8, C. Ferguson 29-18, R. Stripling 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 7-3
      • Batters Faced - R. Hill 24, D. Floro 4, C. Ferguson 6, R. Stripling 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Kolarek (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 24-15, Y. Chirinos 49-28, A. Kolarek 6-4, E. Pagan 12-10, C. Sadler 36-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-2, Y. Chirinos 2-7, A. Kolarek 1-0, E. Pagan 2-0, C. Sadler 4-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 7, Y. Chirinos 14, A. Kolarek 2, E. Pagan 4, C. Sadler 8
      • 7TH INNING
        Kiermaier homered to center, Pham and Robertson scored18
        Garcia homered to right center, Heredia and Lowe scored15
        Lowe singled to right, Meadows scored, Heredia to third12
      • 6TH INNING
        Muncy homered to center11
      • 4TH INNING
        Pham homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Sadler Pitching:
        • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to first
        • R. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Verdugo walked
        • M. Beaty: Ball, Verdugo to second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Beaty struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Casey Sadler relieved Emilio Pagan
        • Erik Kratz catching
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pederson grounded out to second
        • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Ball, Muncy grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bellinger lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ross Stripling relieved Caleb Ferguson
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Heredia singled to center
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowe flied out to left
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to right
        • Andrew Velazquez hit for Tommy Pham
        • A. Velazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Velazquez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Verdugo struck out swinging
        • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Beaty grounded out to second
        • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Dylan Floro relieved Rich Hill
        • Austin Meadows hit for Travis d'Arnaud
        • A. Meadows: Foul, Ball, Meadows hit by pitch
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Heredia singled to right center, Meadows to second
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Foul, Lowe singled to right, Meadows scored, Heredia to third
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Garcia homered to right center, Heredia and Lowe scored
        • Caleb Ferguson relieved Dylan Floro
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Choi struck out on foul tip
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Adames flied out to right
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson hit by pitch, Pham to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier homered to center, Pham and Robertson scored
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (7 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Pederson fouled out to third
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy homered to center
        • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner singled to center
        • Adam Kolarek relieved Yonny Chirinos
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bellinger reached on fielder's choice to second, Turner out at second
        • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Seager hit by pitch, Bellinger to second
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Adam Kolarek
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin singled to center, Bellinger out at home, Seager to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham lined out to pitcher
        • J. Choi: Choi reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robertson walked, Choi to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Verdugo struck out swinging
        • M. Beaty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Beaty lined out to center
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowe singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowe out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger lined out to right
        • C. Seager: Foul, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham homered to right center
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choi grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Adames lined out to left
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Robertson safe at first on shortstop Seager fielding error
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Robertson to second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to shallow center
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Pederson lined out to shortstop
        • M. Muncy: Muncy lined out to center
        • J. Turner: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Heredia reached on an infield single to third
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Heredia out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Verdugo lined out to center
        • Yonny Chirinos relieved Ryne Stanek
        • M. Beaty: Foul, Ball, Beaty lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier lined out to center
        • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Ball, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pederson walked
        • M. Muncy: Muncy singled to shallow right, Pederson to second
        • J. Turner: Ball, Turner popped out to shortstop
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
        • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Seager grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Hill Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • J. Choi: Choi reached on bunt single to third
        • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Adames reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Choi out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)