Mike Brosseau runs past Caleb Smith after hitting an RBI single in the first inning at Tropicana Field. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG (WDAE) -- Mike Brosseau had three hits, including a home run, and Jesus Aguilar hit his first home run in a Rays uniform, ehelping Tampa Bay to its sixth consecutive win with a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Tampa Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks a defensive miscue by Miguel Rojas that followed a walk to Matt Duffy, as a ground ball by Tommy Pham destined to be a double play turned into an error. Aguilar scored Duffy with a sacrifice fly, and after Travis d'Arnaud struck out, Avisail Garcia singled Pham to third base and Brosseau made it 2-0 with a base hit of his own.
The Rays second baseman added another run in the third with a solo home run, his fifth of the season.
Brian Anderson got Miami on the board with a solo home run in the fourth off Yonny Chirinos, but the Marlins would get no closer, as the game remained 3-1 until the seventh, when Tampa Bay added three more runs with a RBI single from d'Arnaud and a two-run double by Garcia.
Jon Berti scratched a second run across for Miami in the eighth, but Aguilar set the score in the bottom of the inning with his first home run in a Rays uniform, his ninth of the year.
The win in Tampa Bay's sixth straight, and gets the Rays back to a season-high seventeen games over .500.
Tampa Bay Rays (65-48) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (45-69), 7:10 pm first pitch, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch.
Rays starter: RHP Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.78 ERA)
Blue Jays starter: RHP Jacob Waguespack (2-1, 4.80 ERA)