ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Pablo Lopez gave up three hits in six innings, Cameron Maybin homered and the Miami Marlins beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Saturday night.
Lopez (2-1) struck out six in his fourth major league start, helping the Marlins match their longest winning streak of the season at four games.
Maybin’s third home run came in the seventh off Rays reliever Hunter Wood.
Martin Prado drove in the game’s first run with a double in the fourth off Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) and scored on Miguel Rojas’ ground ball.
Joey Wendle led off the Tampa Bay fourth with a home run, his fifth, after Lopez had pitched three perfect innings. Wendle had two of the Rays’ six hits.
Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough each pitched an inning of relief for the Marlins. Barraclough earned his 10th save in 13 opportunities despite giving up a long home run to Ji-Man Choi.
Rays “opener” Ryne Stanek pitched one inning, giving up a walk and a hit.
Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh due to a sore left oblique. Justin Williams, the pinch hitter, grounded into a double play in his first major league at-bat.
The Marlins, who have won four of five against the Rays this season, pulled even in the all-time Florida series, 56-56.
The one-run loss was the 23rd of the season for the Rays.
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Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier says he will be out until at least Monday after getting a cortisone shot for a bone bruise on his foot, an injury stemming from a foul ball on April 8. “If I can just have this back to normal, then I’ll finally feel like I have my body under me once again for the first time since opening week of the season,” said Kiermaier, who returned June 19 after missing 57 games due to a torn right thumb ligament.
Marlins: Barraclough returned to the team after missing Friday night’s game with “a little bit of a stomach thing going on,” according to manager Don Mattingly.
Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (back spasms) was out of the lineup for the second straight game but might start Sunday.
Marlins: RHP Tyler Kolek (right shoulder), taken second overall in the 2014 draft, allowed four runs and four hits over two-thirds of an inning in his second start for the GCL Marlins. On the Class A Greensboro disabled list, Kolek made five GCL appearances last year after missing 2016 following Tommy John surgery.
RHP Trevor Richards (3-5) will pitch for the Marlins against RHP Chris Archer (3-4) in the finale of the six-game intrastate series.