MIAMI — The Miami Marlins beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time in three years with a 12-7 victory on Saturday night.
After seven straight losses to the American League champions, the Marlins broke loose with 14 hits, getting the better of their in-state rivals for the first time since July 21, 2018. It was also Miami’s first win this season.
The Marlins, who trailed 6-4 after 4 1/2 innings, tied the game in the fifth and pushed ahead with three runs in both the seventh and eighth.
Miami manager Don Mattingly was pleased with the team’s offensive fireworks.
“Not that we’re going to go out and score a ton of runs every night, but I do think we’re pretty balanced up and down the lineup,” Mattingly said. “We kind of broke the ice last night, and we continued that trend tonight.”
Adam Duvall, acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the offseason, blasted his first home run of the season deep to left center in the eighth. Starling Marte followed with an RBI triple and Cooper completed the scoring with a run-scoring double. Marte finished with four hits while Cooper had three. Rookie Jazz Chisholm had two stolen bases.
“It was a fabulous game for us,” Marte said. “We’re competing all the time. We’re doing our job and making good decisions at the plate.”
Said Cooper: “It speaks to the volume of the lineup we have. Everyone is out there battling. Tonight you saw different guys coming through.”
The Rays finished with nine hits.
Manuel Margot, Joey Wendle and Yandy Diaz all had two hits while Mike Zunino homered. Lefty Rich Hill gave up four earned runs in four innings in his first start with the Rays. The 41-year-old struck out four and walked two.
Richard Bleier (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh.
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash agreed that the Marlins brought their best effort to the plate on Saturday.
“They swung the bats very well, squared up a lot of balls,” Cash said.
Marlins: Manager Don Mattingly confirmed after the game that Hernandez exited early in the top of the third inning with inflammation in his right biceps tendon. Hernandez struck out three and did not walk a batter over two and a third innings. He threw 23 of his 34 pitches for strikes.
The two teams have a rare Sunday off before games on Monday. Tampa Bay travels to face Boston while Miami hosts St. Louis.