A visit to the worst team in the majors helped the Tampa Bay Rays get back on track and maintain their hold on first place in the American League East. After closing out a homestand by losing three of four, the Rays won the opener of a five-game road trip and will go for a sweep of a two-game interleague series when they face the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Avisail Garcia did most of the heavy lifting for Tampa Bay in Tuesday's 4-0 victory, clubbing a mammoth 471-foot home run as part of a three-hit, three-RBI night. Garcia extended his hitting streak to four games and has homered three times and collected seven RBIs over the past six contests. He provided more than enough offense to send the punchless Marlins to their sixth consecutive defeat, dropping their record to a major league-worst 10-30. Neil Walker had a pair of hits for Miami, which is 1-9 in its last 10 games and has scored two runs or fewer in each of the losses.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), FS Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.57 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jose Urena (1-5, 4.82)
Six-game winner Tyler Glasnow, the ace of the pitching staff through the first six weeks, was injured in his last start, leaving the Rays to turn to Stanek as the opener for the sixth time since April 23. He worked two scoreless innings in each of his last appearances as the opener, allowing one hit each against both Arizona and the Yankees, but he gave up a run in one inning of relief versus the Yankees on Sunday. Walker belted a three-run homer in his only at-bat against Stanek.
Urena deserved a better fate last time out at the Chicago Cubs, having to settle for a no-decision despite permitting two runs (one earned) and five hits over a season high-tying seven innings. It was the fifth consecutive outing of at least six innings -- including four quality starts -- for the 27-year-old Dominican, who was hammered for 15 runs in losing his first three starts. Travis d'Arnaud is 2-for-5 against Urena, who sports an 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) versus Tampa Bay.
1. Rays 3B Yandy Diaz has hit safely in seven straight games after going 2-for-5 Tuesday.
2. Marlins C Jorge Alfaro is 0-for-16 over the past five games.
3. Garcia has raised his batting average from .250 to .296 with hits in 11 of his last 12 games.
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- BicepEarly June | 60-day IL
Ferrell has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to biceps tendinitis and is projected to be shelved until at least the start of June.
- ObliqueOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Berti has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is unclear when he will be ready to rejoin the team.
- CalfProb Tues | probable
Alfaro was held out the previous game with a calf strain, but he is expected to be available for Tuesday's contest against the Tigers.
- ElbowEarly July | 60-day IL
Steckenrider is on the 60-day injured list with a right flexor strain and is expected to be idle until at least the start of July.
- BackProb Fri | probable
Rojas left the previous game due to back spasms but is expected to face the Mets on Friday.
- HandProb Sat | probable
Cooper has been activated from the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion, and is expected to be available Saturday against the Mets.
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- WristMid June | 10-day IL
Wendle has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right wrist and is expected to be idle until at least the middle of June.
- ObliqueEarly June | 10-day IL
Perez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right oblique. He will likely be out of game action until the beginning of June.
- HamstringMid June | 60-day IL
Duffy has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to back and hamstring discomfort. He is likely to be shut down until sometime in June after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.
- QuadricepEarly June | 10-day IL
Zunino has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left quadriceps strain and is projected to be away from the field until at least the start of June.
- HandQues Thurs | questionable
Diaz sat out his second consecutive game due to a left hand contusion, and it is unclear if he will suit up Thursday against the Indians.
- KneeLate June | 10-day IL
Bemboom sustained a left knee sprain and has landed on the 10-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Meadows is unlikely to take the field against the Dodgers on Wednesday due to a scheduled day of rest.
- ElbowEarly June | 60-day IL
De Leon has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after missing the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is likely to be sidelined until the start of June.
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