Rays beats Marlins 13-4
MIAMI (AP) -- Ben Zobrist homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 13-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Jose Molina and Elliot Johnson had three RBIs each for the Rays, who have won three straight.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (3-5) struck out nine and allowed four runs in six innings.
The Marlins have lost the first five games of a nine-game homestand.
Carlos Zambrano (4-4) allowed seven runs in 2 1-3 innings before leaving with lower back stiffness.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and a trainer tended to Zambrano after he issued a one-out walk in the third. Zambrano was convincing enough to stay in the game despite a 5-0 deficit. Following the visit to the mound, Zambrano immediately surrendered a two-run homer to Zobrist that ended his outing. Zobrist's homer, estimated at 379 feet, hit off the facade of the upper deck in right field.
Zobrist connected again to right field in the fifth -- another two-run shot for a 9-0 lead. It was the second multi-home run game of his career. He hit two at Detroit on Sept. 25, 2008.
Tampa Bay scored five runs in the second as the first five batters reached base including Johnson with a two-run single. Desmond Jennings, Molina, and Moore also drove in runs in the inning.
Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer for Miami.
NOTES: It was Zambrano's shortest start since June 30, 2011 while with the Cubs when he left after an inning due to back soreness against the Giants. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring) successfully ran the bases before the game and is hopeful to begin a rehab assignment soon. "He did fine," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's improving all of the time. I guess we will run him again on Tuesday and make a determination. If everything goes well he should be out probably immediately after that." ... There were loud cheers during the game from fans watching the Heat-Celtics Game 7 on TVs throughout the stadium. ... Before the game, the wives of Marlins and Rays players met in a charity softball game to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami and Autism Speaks, Tampa Bay Charter with the Rays winning 14-2. "We have a very athletic group of young ladies here," Maddon said. ... Tampa Bay will send James Shields (6-4, 4.27 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale against RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19 ERA), who is coming off his worst outing of the season allowing seven runs in an 11-0 loss to the Braves on June 5.
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