June 2: Rays (23-35) 1, Marlins (29-28) 3
The Miami Marlins mustered up three first-inning runs and got a solid six-inning performance from veteran lefty Randy Wolf to defeat the Florida-rival Tampa Bay Rays 3-1. Casey McGehee contributed a two-run base hit in the opening frame.
Miami came out the gates strong with its first four batters all reaching base against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb. Christian Yelich walked, Ed Lucas singled on a ball deflected by Evan Longoria and Giancarlo Stanton walked to set up the bases loaded and nobody out for McGehee.
After a visit to the mound by the pitching coach, McGehee waited for a third-pitch fastball and deposited it into center field for a two-run RBI single. McGehee showed his patience against Cobb, allowing for two 79-mph curveballs to go by before jumping on the first straight pitch he saw from the Rays right-hander.
The next batter, Garrett Jones, added another run on a double-play ball bounced to second base. Stanton came in to score from third for the third and eventual final run of the game for the Fish.
Wolf looked strong his first time through the order as he retired all nine batters he faced in order. In fact, Wolf didn’t surrender a base-runner until Yunel Escobar’s single with one out in the fourth.
On the other side of the mound, Cobb settled down as well. He set down 13 consecutive batters from the end of the first until the bottom half of the sixth.
The Rays got their only run of the game in the fifth when Desmond Jennings doubled home Sean Rodriguez with nobody out in the frame. However, that was the only offense they could put together as Wolf completed his six frames and handed the ball over to the more-than-capable bullpen.
Tampa Bay’s only real offensive threat came in the eighth when it got pinch-hitter Kevin Kiermaier and Ben Zobrist on base via singles with one out against reliever Mike Dunn. However, A.J. Ramos took over and ended the inning with a pair of quick outs.
In the ninth, closer Steve Cishek came in to shut the door on the Rays. He set them down in order for his 12th save of the season.
Wolf got his first win of the year after tossing his six frames, giving up three hits and the one run. He fanned seven and walked only one.
On the other side, Cobb ended up going six solid innings after a shaky start. He walked two and struck out five.