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Rays Open Citrus Series With Win

Jake Odorizzi returned from the diabled list to throw five innings of two-hit baseball, while Steven Souza Jr. broke a 2-2 tie with a fielder's choice as the Tampa Bay Rays opened their home-and-home series with the Miami Marlins with a 4-2 win at Marlins Park Monday.

Odorizzi, who had not pitched since April 15 with a left hamstring strain, gave up a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Christian Yelich, scoring Dee Gordon.

Tampa Bay got on the board in the top of the fourth, as Corey Dickerson singled to left off Wei-Yin Chen with one out, followed by Rickie Weeks drawing a walk.  Brad Miller grounded out, allowing both runners to advance a base, and Tim Beckham double brought both runners to give the Rays the lead.

Odorizzi couldn't get the shutdown inning in the bottom of the frame, as Marcell Ozuna golfed a 72 mile per hour curveball into the Clevelander in left-center to tie the game.

The right-hander would leave after throwing just 78 pitches.

The game remained tied until the seventh, when Brad Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to Derek Norris and a walk to Daniel Robertson.  Pinch-hitter Logan Morrison flew out to center, but Kevin Kiermaier drew a walk to load the bases, and Steven Souza Jr. , who struck out his first three trips to the plate, grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Norris score and tie the game.

Robertson provided some insurance for the Rays an inning later, singling in Miller, who had walked and stolen both second and third base, to make it 4-2.

Danny Farquhar, who took over for Odorizzi for the sixth, earned his first win of the season, while Alex Colome, who only needed to pitch the ninth, earned his sixth save.

The victory gets Tampa Bay back to one game under .500 at 13-14.

The Rays can finish out a .500 road trip with a win Tuesday, as Alex Cobb (1-2, 4.66 ERA) takes on Edinson Volquez (0-3, 4.44 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch, presented by Sykes Lakeland.


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