Sunday, April 12, 2015

Archer's aim on point as Rays 2-hit Marlins

Rays right-hander Chris Archer held the Marlins in check on Saturday afternoon, allowing one hit over seven shutout innings. Tim Beckham delivered a pinch-hit homer and Tampa Bay beat Miami, 2-0, snapping a five-game losing streak to its in-state rival in the Citrus Series.
Archer and Jarred Cosart were brilliant through five innings. But Cosart allowed a run in the sixth on Evan Longoria's RBI double. The strong pitching matchup followed up a 10-9 Miami win in 10 innings on Friday night.
"Obviously, big win today," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Any time you play a game like you did last night, as happy as we were with the way we battled back, it's still a blow. And then to bounce back just showed a lot from the guys."
Cosart and Archer each allowed just one hit through five scoreless innings before Tampa Bay was able to break through with a two-out rally in the sixth.Asdrubal Cabrera tripled on a sinking liner that center fielder Marcell Ozunawasn't able to corral on a sliding attempt. Longoria's double to the gap in right-center gave the Rays the lead.
"We've gotten shut down a couple of times on this homestand," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We did today. We just didn't have an answer for their pitcher. He pitched good. They got a couple of big hits, and that ended up being the difference. We never really got anything going."
After 86 pitches, Cosart exited and lefty Mike Dunn worked the seventh inning. Beckham worked a 10-pitch at-bat, and after fouling off three straight 2-2 pitches, he homered to left.
Archer's strong outing: Archer brought his "A" game for his Saturday's start. The right-hander allowed no runs on one hit, walking one while striking out five. He used just 84 pitches in his seven-inning stint -- 57 for strikes. Archer's 83rd pitch of the game was 98 mph. After two starts, he has a 2.13 ERA. More >
Morse makes stop, not DP: Holding Desmond Jennings on first base in the fifth inning enabled Miami first baseman Michael Morse to make a nice diving stop that took away a potential extra-base hit from Allan Dykstra. Because Morse was close to the bag, he made a lunging stop on Dykstra's hot grounder. Morse had a chance for a double play, but after he touched first base with his glove, he lost the grip of the ball on the transfer. One big out was made, and Cosart ended up stranding runners on the corners.
Longoria's double key and historic: Longoria's sixth-inning double off Cosart came at a critical moment, because it drove home Asdrubal Cabrera to break up a scoreless tie. The Rays third baseman also made a little team history with the blow, becoming the franchise career leader in extra-base hits with 425. The Rays took a 1-0 lead, and Longoria put Carl Crawford -- the player he had been tied with -- in the rearview mirror.
Ichiro caught stealing: Through five innings, the Marlins had just one baserunner, Christian Yelich, who doubled in the fourth. With one out in the sixth, Ichiro Suzuki pinch-hit for Cosart, and he drew a walk. Ichiro attempted to steal second with Dee Gordon at the plate. But catcher Bobby Wilsonthrew Ichiro out. Gordon tapped to second, and a potential Miami threat fizzled.
Beckham's solo home run off Dunn in the seventh was his first hit of the season. The memorable hit came during a 10-pitch at-bat.
"I was happy to get one on the barrel," Beckham said. "The first one I've hit hard this season, and it felt good. I saw a lot of pitches, and he left me one up I could drive, and I had good results."
The Marlins have not homered in the first five games. The longest long-ball drought in franchise history to open a season without a homer is six games. In their inaugural 1993 season, the Marlins' first dinger came in game No. 7, as Benito Santiago went deep at San Francisco.
"Like I told you guys, I plan on being here for a long time. So if I keep on doing my job, I figure the records are attainable. That's pretty cool." -- Longoria, on the extra-base hit record
"Give [Beckham] credit. I made a bad pitch. I was trying to go fastball away, and I cut it all the way across the plate. I made a mistake, and he hit it. It happens. You just have to execute your pitch." -- Dunn, on Beckham's homer
Rays: Nathan Karns will make his second start of the season Sunday after taking the loss Tuesday night against the Orioles, when he allowed six runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Marlins: Henderson Alvarez came out on the losing end of a 2-1 decision on Opening Day. The right-hander makes his second start in Sunday's series finale, closing out the six-game homestand. Last year, Alvarez shut out the Rays, scattering eight hits while striking out five.

No comments: