MLB Game Summary - Miami at Tampa Bay|
(Sunday, June 17th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Miami 0
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb spun seven scoreless innings
of two-hit ball Sunday as the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Miami Marlins, 3-0,
in the rubber match of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
Cobb (3-3) struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed one walk and hit
one batter, snapping a personal three-game skid. Joel Peralta tossed a clean
eighth in relief before Fernando Rodney fired a perfect ninth to record his
19th save of the season.
"We had good energy today under the circumstances," said Rays manager Joe
Maddon, in reference to the team's 15-inning marathon on Saturday night. "You
could feel it in the dugout and Cobb had a lot to do with that."
B.J. Upton belted a solo home run and scored twice, while Ben Zobrist and Drew
Sutton each plated a run to help the Rays improve to 5-1 against their in-
state rivals this season.
Josh Johnson (4-5) absorbed the loss after giving up two runs on eight hits
and four walks over six frames. Greg Dobbs and Gaby Sanchez registered the
only two hits for the Marlins, who managed just one hit in the series opener
"He was getting out ahead, making us swing and miss and making us foul pitches
off," said Dobbs of Cobb. "He had very good stuff today."
Upton got the Rays started on the right foot with his leadoff homer in the
bottom of the first to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
A two-out walk came back to haunt Johnson in the sixth as Elliot Johnson
coaxed a walk, swiped second and came around to score on a flare into center
field off the bat of Sutton to double Tampa Bay's edge.
The Rays then took advantage of a Marlins mistake in the seventh when Upton
reached second after first baseman Sanchez was unable to secure a throw from
Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.
Zobrist then plated Upton with a single through the left side of the infield
to extend the Rays advantage to 3-0.
The Marlins struck out 10-plus times in each game of this three-game weekend
set...Tampa Bay left eight men on base and went 2-for-7 with runners in
scoring position...The Rays wrapped up their six-game homestand at 2-4.
06/17 19:45:21 ET