Marlins Keep Rays Bats Largely Silent

PORT CHARLOTTE (WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays' long spring continues.

The Miami Marlins used a three-run third inning off Oliver Drake to take the lead and never looked back, defeating the Rays 5-2 Monday at Charlotte Sports Park.

Drake allowed a two-out, two-run single to Austin Dean that scored both Bryan Holaday and Yadiel Rivera, and Daniel Robertson's fielding error on a Brian Anderson grounder scored Dean to make it 3-0.

Miami added on in the eighth off Luis Santos, as Jon Berti's RBI triple brought in Harold Ramirez, and a sacrifice fly by Pedro Alvarez to extend their lead to 5-0.

Tampa Bay would not get on the board until Nathan Lukes' RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth, and got back to 5-2 on a Jake Smolinski RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, but would get no closer.

Colin Poche worked a perfect first inning, and Tampa Bay also got a perfect fourth inning from Andrew Moore, two scoreless frames by Andrew Kittredge and 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball from Hunter Wood.

Brandon Lowe, playing first base for a second consecutive day, had a pair of hits in the leadoff spot, and Joe McCarthy also finished with two of Tampa Bay's nine hits total. All were singles.

The loss is the Rays' fourth straight to open the spring.

Tampa Bay heads to Sarasota for a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05.

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