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.
After Garrett Cooper singled home Miguel Rojas, Jon Berti ripped a two-out two-run single to make it 9-6 after seven. Berti also doubled in the second.
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.
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 struick out four and walked two. Chris Archer (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs in two innings of relief.
Elieser Hernandez made it through just 2 1/3 innings for the Marlins, who needed six relievers to finish the game. Richard Bleier (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief in the seventh.
The two teams have a rare Sunday off before games on Monday. Tampa Bay travels to face Boston while Miami hosts St. Louis.
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