Rays Can't Solve Marlins' Riddle, Drop Rubber Match

 

After slogging through a 16-inning victory on Tuesday, both the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins came out flat, but the Marlins were able to shake off the cobwebs late in Wednesday's contest, with J.T. Riddle homering and driving in a pair as Miami takes the rubber match from the Rays 3-0 at Marlins Park.

Tampa Bay did not many opportunities to score Wednesday, and when they did get runners aboard, they ended up hitting three times into inning-ending double plays, with Willy Adames grounding into a double play after Carlos Gomez struck out (and took his frustrations out on the drink coolers in the dugout) in the second.  Gomez lining into a 9-3 double play while trying a run-and-hit play in the seventh, and pinch-hitter Matt Duffy grounding into a double play in the eighth.

Riddle got Miami on the board in the sixth off reliever Ryan Weber, as Starlin Castro singled in front of the Marlins shortstop, who tripled over the head of Kevin Kiermaier in center to drive him in.

 

J.B. Shuck then grounded into a fielder's choice where Adames came home to try and get Riddle, but the Marlins shortstop avoided Jesus Sucre's tag to make it 2-0.

Hunter Wood, who worked three shutout innings on Tuesday, was asked to pitch the eighth on Wednesday, and was also a viuctim of Riddle's day at the plate, giving up the shortstop's fifth home run of the year.

 

Weber (0-1) took the loss after relieving Matt Andriese, who struggled through the first but did not allow a run in the first two innings of the game.  He finished with two earned runs allowed over five innings of work.

Jose Urena worked the first five innings, but did not fare in the decision, which went to Drew Rucinski (4-1), who allowed a single hit while tossing a scoreless sixth and seventh inning.  Brad Ziegler allowed a ninth-inning walk, but struck out C.J. Cron to end the game and earn his tenth save.

FRIDAY'S MATCHUP

Tampa Bay Rays (44-42) at New York Mets (33-49), 7:10 p.m. first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch presented by Crown Eurocars.

Rays starter - TBD

Mets starter - RHP Jacob DeGrom (5-4, 1.82 ERA)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday - Rays at New York Mets, 4:10 p.m. first pitch

Sunday - Rays at New York Mets, 1:10 first pitch

Monday - Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Tuesday - Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m. first pitch

Wednesday - Rays vs. Detroit Tigers, 12:10 p.m. first pitch

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