Citrus Series
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen delivers to the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Citrus Series sees the Rays Sweep the Marlins

The Tampa Bay Rays escaped with a 5-4 win Wednesday to sweep the Citrus Series against the Miami Marlins.

Rays shutout Marlins in series opener

The Rays won the opening game of the series 4-0. Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier started the game off with a bang for the Rays. On the first pitch from Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez, Kiermaier sent a line drive to centerfield. Jesus Sanchez dove for the ball and missed. Kiermaier raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homerun.

Harold Ramirez led off the second inning with a solo homerun for the Rays that snuck over the right field wall. It was the first homerun of the season for Ramirez. In the bottom of the sixth inning, first baseman Ji-Man Choi launched a two run homerun into right field. Tampa’s bullpen threw three scoreless innings to close the game.

McLanahan outduels Lopez

Starting pitcher Shane McClanahan put in another strong performance Tuesday. The ace went six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, while walking two and punching out nine. He earned his fourth win of the season. The southpaw lowered his season ERA to 2.06 over 52.1 innings of work.

Marlins’ pitcher Lopez put in seven innings of work, allowing four runs and striking out eight. Despite the loss, Lopez has enjoyed a strong start to the season for the Fish. He is 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA on the season over 53 innings.

Rays escape late with win

Tampa escaped with a 5-4 win Wednesday to sweep the Citrus Series. The Rays jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. A couple of doubles from Randy Arozarena and Wander Franco helped the Rays jump out to a 3-0 lead. Harold Ramirez then hit his second homerun in as many days for the Rays. His two-run shot would be the end of the scoring on the night for Tampa.

The Marlins put up four runs in the fourth inning. Left fielder Jorge Soler hit a solo homerun.

Later in the inning, catcher Jacob Stallings doubled to bring in two additional runs for Miami. In the ninth, errors by third baseman Taylor Walls and Franco led to Miami bringing the score to 5-4. Left-handed pitcher Colin Poche struck out desginated hitter Jesus Aguilar with the bases loaded to end the game.

Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen earned the win for Tampa. He went five innings, allowing six hits, three runs, walking two and striking out seven. Marlins pitcher Cody Poteet received the loss. He went three innings, allowing five runs. Miami’s bullpen finished the game with five scoreless innings.

The in-state rivals will face each other again on August 30 and 31 in Miami.

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