ST. PETERSBURG -- Timothy Beckham's power and Matt Andriese's stellar outing led the Rays to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.Beckham connected for two homers, both off Marlins starter Dan Straily, in a game for the second time in less than a month, while
ST. PETERSBURG -- Timothy Beckham's power and Matt Andriese's stellar outing led the Rays to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
Beckham connected for two homers, both off Marlins starter Dan Straily, in a game for the second time in less than a month, while Andriese threw seven scoreless innings against a Marlins team that scored 10 runs on Wednesday night.
"Great win," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We played a good series against the Marlins. Andriese was really good. The story of the day obviously was him and then Tim Beckham."
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Beckham's first home run came in the second on an 0-2 pitch from Straily, putting the Rays up 2-0. He followed with a two-run homer in his next at-bat to push the Rays' lead to 4-0. Straily allowed four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out three in five innings.
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Andriese allowed five hits and three walks to earn his second win of the season. The Marlins managed a run in the ninth via a Dee Gordon RBI single, but Alex Colome entered to record the final out and his eighth save of the season.
"I can't say I'm uncomfortable with our guys' at-bats," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously you want better results, but I felt like they were working. I'm seeing a lot of concentration and energy in our at-bats, so it's not a game I'll walk away from offensively where you'd like something more to happen, but our guys are battling up there."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Nearly a triple play: Trouble found Andriese in the third with the Rays leading 2-0. Adeiny Hechavarria singled to open the inning, and Gordon followed with a bunt single to bring Martin Prado to the plate. The Marlins' designated hitter grounded sharply to third baseman Daniel Robertson, who stepped on third and snapped off a throw to second. While Brad Miller's relay to first did not beat Prado to complete the triple play, the play gave a huge lift to Andriese, who escaped the inning unscathed.
"That was huge, with nobody out there," Andriese said. "... It was a great play. Things could have spiraled there, gave up one or two, but huge play by D-Rob, and to have an attempt at a triple play was pretty sweet."
Had the Rays managed to turn a triple play, it would have been the fourth in franchise history.
Power display: According to Statcast™, Beckham's first home run traveled a projected 410 feet into the left-field stands with an 103.8-mph exit velocity and a 30-degree launch angle. In his next at-bat, he followed with a 414-foot home run that left the bat at 105 mph with a 33-degree launch angle. His highest exit velocity actually came in his fourth at-bat in the seventh, when he lined out to left at 107.4 mph.
When told he had over 800 feet of home runs on the evening, Beckham smiled: "Might be a first for me."
"You got to have a lot of confidence to wear those shoes he wore tonight on the field. I told him, 'You better do something to pull those off.' He told me not to worry about it." -- Cash, on the powder blue shoes worn by Beckham on Thursday night
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Marcell Ozuna singled off Andriese in the second, giving him a hit in every game he's played against the Rays. That streak is now 21 games, which is the longest against the Rays since Manny Ramirez had a 23-game streak from 2002-03.
The Marlins challenged an out call at first base in the ninth inning. Chih-Wei Hu charged a grounder in front of the mound and delivered a bouncing throw to first, which Logan Morrison successfully picked. After a 1-minute, 12-second delay, the call was confirmed and the runner was out at first.
Marlins: Miami will continue its brief five-game road trip with a three-game set against the Mets at Citi Field starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Starter Tom Koehler (1-1, 5.40 ERA) went 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA last season against the Mets.
Rays:Chris Archer (2-1, 3.43) will make his seventh start of the season and his third against the Blue Jays on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Through his first two starts against Toronto this season, he has allowed three runs over 15 innings with 13 strikeouts.
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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.
J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg that covered the Marlins on Thursday.