ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. (AP) – After only four league appearances, Miami Marlin's right-hander Pablo Lopez looks as though he got the hang of it. At least he did Saturday night.
Lopez gave up a run on three strikes in six innings, Cameron married Maybin and the Marlins defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
"He's getting better, I think he'll learn from the beginning," Marlin's manager Don Mattingly said. "His looks are unlike most boys with three or four starts, and he is quite relaxed."
Lopez (2-1) beat six times and helped the Marlins reach their longest winning streak of the season in four games.
"Major League Hitters are the best at what they do, so they're here and they're ready to beat pitches," said 22-year-old Lopez. "Our job is to break their rhythm, and that's exactly what we're trying to do."
Joey Wendle led Tampa Bay home with a home race, fifth, after Lopez scored three perfect innings. Lesson learned.
"I fell back with the count and missed my place, he took the chance, and he did it," Lopez said.
Ray's manager Kevin Cash noticed Lopez changing his fastball.
"He cut it, he sunk it, I'm not sure if it was design or what, but you realized it was too late through the zone," Cash said.
The Marlins, who have won four out of five against the Rays this season, even moved in the Florida all-time series, 56-56. A victory on Sunday's final of the series would give them their first five-game winning streak since 24-30. April 2016.
Maybury's third home run came in seventh place by Ray's Reliever Hunter Wood.
Martin Prado drove in the first round of the match with a brace in the fourth round by Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) and hit the ground ball of Miguel Rojas.
Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough were a relief to the Marlins. Barraclough earned his 10th save on 13 occasions, though he gives up a 460-foot home run to Ji-Man Choi.
Ray's shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was slanted obliquely for a pinch of hitter in the seventh due to a wound left. Justin Williams, Pinch Hitter, who was called by the Triple-A Durham Saturday and came to the game in the third inning, landed in his first Major League at-bat on a double.
The single loss was the 23rd of the season for the Rays, who lost a total of five of their last six.
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CF Ray Kevin Kiermaier says he will miss out at least Monday after receiving a cortisone shot for a bone bruise on his foot, an injury resulting from a foul on April 8. "If I can I feel like I've got my body back under my belt for the first time since the first week of the season," said Kiermaier, who returned thumb-sling on July 19 after 57 games for a legal split.
Marlins: Barraclough returned to Mattingly after the game on Friday night with "a bit of gastric ulcer" in the team.
Rays: 3B Matt Duffy (back-cramps) was out of action for the second time in a row, but could start on Sunday.
MINORS MATTERS Marlins: RHP Tyler Kolek (right shoulder), second overall in the 2014 draft, allowed four runs and four hits over two-thirds of an innings in his second start for the GCL Marlins. Kolek made five GCL appearances on Greensboro's Class A disabled list last year, after missing out on 2016 after Tommy John's surgery.
RHP Trevor Richards (3-5) will play for the Marlins against RHP Chris Archer (3-4) in the final of the Intrastate series with six games.