Sunshine State showdown: A look at the Citrus Series
The Citrus Series is set for renewal Monday through Thursday. Here’s a look back at the 2013 results.
LAST YEAR’S GAMES
The matchup was billed as a meeting between two promising young arms, right-handers Jose Fernandez and Jake Odorizzi. In the end, the Rays did more damage in tagging Fernandez for seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Kelly Johnson launched a three-run home run to right-center field, his second of two home runs on the day, to give the Rays their decisive margin of victory.
The Marlins reached right-hander Jeremy Hellickson for five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, but the effort wasn’t enough. The Rays rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the eighth inning behind Yunel Escobar’s RBI single to right field that scored Luke Scott in the eighth and Desmond Jennings’ walk-off RBI single to right to score Kelly Johnson. The Rays outhit the Marlins 16-10.
The Rays rode 8 2/3 strong innings from right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who allowed one run and struck out five. Kelly Johnson had an RBI single to right field in the first, and Matt Joyce scored when Evan Longoria grounded into a double play in the same inning. Yunel Escobar closed scoring for Tampa Bay with a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home James Loney in the seventh.
Rays right-hander Alex Colome allowed one run (unearned), five hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his major-league debut. Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings in defeat. Miami scored first in the first inning when a passed ball brought home Placido Polanco from third base. But Matt Joyce hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, and James Loney added a solo home run in the seventh to give the Rays the lead for good. With Tampa Bay leading 3-2, Ben Zobrist broke open the game with a two RBI double to right field in the ninth.
Rays lead 46-43
Marlins are 25-21 at home
Rays are 25-18 at home
Longest Rays win streak: 8 games (May 22, 2011-June 15, 2012)
Longest Marlins win streak: 7 games (July 4, 2004-June 26, 2005)
Largest Rays win: 15-2 (May 22, 2009 at Sun Life Stadium)
Largest Marlins win: 11-0 (June 16, 2001 at Sun Life Stadium)