ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kelly Johnson hit a pair of three-run homers Monday and the Tampa Bay Rays handed the Miami Marlins their sixth straight loss, 10-6.
Johnson also doubled, singled and stole a base. He matched his career highs for RBIs and hits during his eighth multihomer game, and first since May 30, 2011, against the Marlins while with Arizona.
Johnson, who 24 RBIs in 21 games this month, homered off rookie Jose Fernandez (2-3) in a six-run second inning. He then broke open the game by hitting his 10th home run of the season in the eighth against A.J. Ramos.
The win made the Rays even with the Marlins at 43-43 in the all-time interleague series.
Jake Odorizzi, making his second start for the Rays, gave up eight hits and six runs and couldn’t get through the fifth inning to qualify for the win.
Jake McGee (2-2) got the victory after pitching two scoreless innings of relief.
The 20-year-old Fernandez, pitching across the bay from where he pitched in high school in Tampa two years ago, pitched 3 1-3 innings, giving up five hits, three walks and four earned runs while striking out six.
After fanning three Rays in the first inning, Fernandez walked the first two batters in the second, then hit Desmond Jennings with a pitch.
Jose Molina drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Yunel Escobar drove in another run with the Rays’ first hit, and after Ben Zobrist reached on an error, Johnson made it 6-0 with his home run.
The Marlins, who came into the game with a .221 team batting average, collected 10 hits in the first five innings, including Justin Ruggiano’s eighth home run.
Greg Dobbs had two hits and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who had cut Tampa Bay’s early six-run margin to one before Johnson hit his second homer.
NOTES: Tampa Bay LHP David Price (left triceps strain) resumed playing catch, making 35 throws before the game. … Marlins manager Mike Redmond said OF Giancarlo Stanton (right hamstring strain) continues hitting and has incorporated light running into his rehab program. … Miami 1B Logan Morrison (right knee inflammation) is joining Double-A Jacksonville after playing for Class A Jupiter. Marlins INF Donovan Solano (left intercostal strain) is scheduled to start batting practice Tuesday. … Rays manager Joe Maddon dropped leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings to seventh to “get his plate discipline back.” … The Marlins put RHP Alex Sanabia (right groin) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans.
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