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Rays Lose Shutout Streak, But Still Sweep Marlins

The Tampa Bay Rays hit four home runs, including a grand slam by Willy Adames, while Blake Snell allowed just a pair of runs in five innings as the Rays finished off a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 12-7 decision.

Unlike the first two games of the series, where both sides could not score against the other team's starter, Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead with Joey Wendle hitting a leadoff home run off Sandy Alcantara, and Yoshi Tsutsugo following up with a two-run homer just three batters later.

Tampa Bay added a pair of unearned runs in the fourth off Alcantara when Brian Anderson' poor throw on the back end of a potential 5-3 double play not only allowed Hunter Renfroe to score, but Kevin Kiermaier also scored all the way from first base.

The Rays saw their streak of 39 consecutive scoreless innings end when Corey Dickerson homered off Snell in the top if the fourth, but went back to work in the fifth, with the first seven hitters reaching against Alcantara and Robert Dugger, with Willy Adames starting the scoring with a grand slam, Renfroe hitting an RBI double, and Kevin Kiermaier hitting a two-run homer to turn what was a 5-1 game into a 12-1 lead.

Snell gave up a solo homer to Lewis Brinson in the fifth, and Anthony Banda allowed Miami to get back into the game with a run in the sixth and four more in the seventh, but Aaron Slegers worked two innings of scoreless relief, and Ryan Sherriff worked a scoreless ninth to end the game.

Randy Arozarena, called up after the team traded Jose Martinez Sunday morning, joined the team midway through the game, and entered as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the fifth.

The victory, Tampa Bay's 24th of the season, tied the franchise record for most wins through the first 35 games of the year, set by the 2010 team that won the American League East.

The Rays will continue their road trip Monday in New York, starting their final regular season series with the New York Yankees. Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 5.41 ERA) will take on Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch.

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