MIAMI -- What happened Monday night in Miami didn't change the vibe in the Rays' clubhouse.Yeah, the Marlins cooled off the hot Rays with a 3-2 win in 10 innings at Marlins Park, but the Rays still feel like they've got something special."I think we're kind of finding a little
MIAMI -- What happened Monday night in Miami didn't change the vibe in the Rays' clubhouse.
Yeah, the Marlins cooled off the hot Rays with a 3-2 win in 10 innings at Marlins Park, but the Rays still feel like they've got something special.
"I think we're kind of finding a little bit of an identity here," third baseman Matt Duffy said. "Kind of being a scrappy team. We're starting to believe we can play with anybody. And we're starting to realize that in order to do that, we're going to have to play nine innings of focused baseball. Today happened to be 10. It's a frustrating loss, especially after coming back in the ninth. But we think we can play with anybody."
Heading into Monday night's loss, the Rays' rearview mirror showed an 8-1 homestand against the Yankees, Nationals and Astros. But they couldn't find the magic to finish things off against the Marlins.
Ryne Stanek walked Brian Anderson to start the 10th, and J.T. Realmuto singled to center to move Anderson to third. Yadiel Rivera then singled on a ground ball to Duffy to score Anderson and give the Marlins a walk-off win.
"I just came in and was really, really erratic with the fastball," Stanek said. "And, obviously, it showed. Didn't throw [Anderson] a strike. Didn't make it a competitive at-bat. And free passes, usually leadoff walks, tend to hurt."
Duffy thought he could make a play on Rivera's ball, which he tried to backhand going into foul territory before making a throw home.
"I just didn't get a grip," Duffy said. "Rushed the transfer. I think I should have made that play. I feel like that play is one of my strengths -- backhanded, on the run."
The Rays showed their grit by sending the game into extra innings after being down to their final out. Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough had not blown a save since May 8, and he only needed to retire C.J. Cron to notch his ninth save of the season. But Cron doubled home Jake Bauers to tie the score at 2.
"It's been a lot of fun here of late," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Today was a tough one, but we came back. We tied the game off a really good pitcher."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Miami loaded the bases against starter Nathan Eovaldi with one out in the fourth, prompting the Rays to play their infield in. Lewis Brinson grounded up the middle, and the ball appeared to get through until Adeiny Hechavarria stabbed the ball going to his left, whirled and threw to home to get the forceout at the plate. Eovaldi then retired Wei-Yin Chen on a fielder's choice at second to end the threat.
Stanek's scoreless-innings streak ended Monday night. He carried into his appearance a scoreless streak covering 12 appearances (seven starts) and 15 2/3 innings pitched.
HE SAID IT
"Leadoff walk comes to get you. Ryne's thrown the ball so well for us in the 'opener' role. He's done some good things in the later innings. But that leadoff walk, you just know with the lineup coming up with one run to play for, they can come and get you. And ultimately they did." -- Cash, on Stanek's misfortunes in the 10th
Ryan Yarbrough will start Tuesday when the Rays play the Marlins in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Marlins Park. He took the loss on Thursday against the Astros when he allowed one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Right-hander Trevor Richards will start for the Marlins.
Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.