Dietrich’s Two Homers Lead Marlins Over Rays

Rays Pen Roughed Up In Loss

The Tampa Bay Rays lost for just the second time in their last 16 games falling to the Miami Marlins 6-5.

Diego Castillo (1-1, 3.38 ERA) takes the loss and the Ray see their record fall to 49-48. The Rays drop to 17-22 in one run games. Tampa Bay has played 39 1-run games which is the most in the majors this season. The Rays have now lost four of their last five after winning five in a row from July 7 through 11th.

Dan Straily (4-4, 4.02 ERA) picks up the win for the Marlins who defeat the Rays for the third time in four contests this season. Miami improves to 42-57 on the year. Adam Conley picked up his first career save.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Rays and allowed one run on six hits over six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. He was the bright spot for the Rays and their front office Friday night.

The game became unraveled in the seventh inning. Diego Castillo retired one batter in but walked a pair before departing. Hoby Milner came in and gave up a 3-run homer to Derek Dietrich, his second of the game. It was Dietrich’s second career multi-homer game. He also hit a pair against the Reds on June 20, 2015. The Marlins added a pair of runs thanks to a pair of Rays’ errors on J.T. Reamulto’s double.

Milner allowed three runs (one earned) in 0.2-innings of work. Jaime Schultz came in and struck out the side in the eighth. He remained in the game and retired the side in order in the ninth.

Rays Comeback Falls Short:

The Rays loaded the bases with one out in the ninth in large part to a Javy Guerra comical error. With 2-on and 1-out the not so fleet of foot hit a ball back to the mound. Guerra bobbled the ball, retrieved it, only to have it slip out of his hand as he attempted to throw to first.

Drew Steckenrider entered the game and allowed a bases clearing triple to Mallex Smith that cut the Marlins lead to 6-4. Smith came in to score on a sacrifice fly by C.J. Cron.

Adam Conley came in and allowed a single to Jake Bauers that pushed the tying run into scoring position.  He ended the threat by striking out Daniel Robertson to earn his first big league save.

Kiermaier’s Legs Set Tone, Departs With Foot Injury:

Kevin Kiermaier set the tone with a patented KK hustle double to lead off the game. He came into score  on Adeiny Hechavarria‘s seeing eye single to left.  Hechavarria wasn’t in the original lineup, but was inserted as Matt Duffy experienced back spasms. Daniel Robertson moved from short to third making room for Hechavarria.

Kiermaier grounded to short his second plate appearance and then left the game after the fourth inning with right foot discomfort. He will be further evaluated by the Rays medical staff.

Dietrich Punishes Former Team:

Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. He broke the game open in the top of the seventh belting a 3-run homer to put the Marlins in front 4-1.

Dietrich was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round in 2010. In 2012 he was traced to the Marlins for Yunel Escobar.  Escobar is no longer in the big leagues and Dietrich is in the midst of a breakout year with the bat hitting .288/.354/.451 with 13 homers.

Roster Move:

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Prior to the game, Tampa Bay added catcher Adam Moore to the 25-man roster to replace Wilson Ramos. To make room for Moore on the 40-man roster the Rays designated for assignment Johnny Field.

In 44 games with the Bulls, Moore has hit .215/.259/.309 in 158 plate appearances. He’s appeared in the big leagues in parts of eight season garnering 292 plate appearance. He last appeared in a big league game for the Cleveland Indians on September 27, 2015.

Field, 26, appeared in 62 games for Tampa Bay batting .213/.253/.373 with six homers spanning 179 plate appearances.

Medical Update: 

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Jonny Venters continues his return from a right hamstring strain working one inning for the Charlotte Stone Crabs Thursday night. He’s expected to make a second rehab appearance on Saturday with Port Charlotte.

Vidal Nuno, also out with a right hamstring strain, will throw a bullpen at Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon.

Up Next For The Rays:

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Tampa Bay and Miami continue their three game set Saturday night at 6:10.  The Rays will go with Ryne Stanek (1-2, 2.08 ERA). The Marlins counter with Pablo Lopez (1-1, 6.35 ERA).

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