The Miami Marlins (1-2) salvaged the series finale with a 12-7 win over the Rays (2-1) on Saturday night in Miami.
This was a back and forth game throughout - the Rays were able to build leads of 2-1 and 6-4 as the game progressed. However, Miami got three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to take control of this one and avoid being swept to open the 2021 season.
Rich Hill allowed four runs in four innings in his Rays debut, while Chris Archer (0-1, 13.50) took the loss out of the bullpen. Pitching in his first game for the Rays since July of 2018 (and his first game overall since 2019 after missing the 2020 season with an injury), Archer allowed four runs, three of them earned, in two innings of work. Mike Zunino homered for the Rays in the losing effort.
Tampa Bay is now off on Easter Sunday and will begin a three game series with the Red Sox on Monday night. First pitch Monday is scheduled for 7:10 - with pregame coverage beginning at 6:00 with Jay Recher and the Inside Pitch - on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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