MIAMI (AP) – Chris Archer pitched seven crisp innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 Saturday.READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court Rulings
Archer (1-1) allowed one hit and one walk, with the latter runner erased trying to steal, while throwing only 84 pitches. Two relievers completed the two-hitter, with Brad Boxberger pitching the ninth for his second save in two chances.
Pinch-hitter Tim Beckham hit his first career homer leading off the seventh, and Evan Longoria doubled home the other run for the Rays.
The Marlins scored 10 runs in their lone victory Friday and have totaled three runs in their other four games. Adeiny Hechavarria is batting .056, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is at .077, Martin Prado is batting .167 and Giancarlo Stanton is at .200.
Boxberger struck out Stanton looking on a 3-2 fastball with a runner on to end the game.
Archer retired the first 10 batters before Christian Yelich doubled, and the right-hander escaped by retiring Stanton and Michael Morse. Pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki walked in the sixth but was caught stealing.
Marcell Ozuna singled in the eighth for Miami’s other hit.
Jarred Cosart (0-1), making his first start of the season, lost despite allowing only one run in six innings.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
The Rays won with six hits. They jumped in front in the sixth when Asdrubal Cabrera tripled off Cosart with two out and came home on Longoria’s double.
The clutch swing gave Longoria 425 career extra-base hits, surpassing Carl Crawford’s team record of 424.
Shortstop Hechavarria saved a run in the ninth with a leaping catch to rob pinch-hitter Rene Rivera of a hit.
The Rays ended a streak of five consecutive losses to Miami.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder) will make another rehab start Tuesday for Class-A Charlotte. He pitched two scoreless innings and threw 23 pitches in his first rehab start Thursday. … RHP Ronald Belisario (shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game Monday.
Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez is scheduled to start the final game of the series Sunday against RHP Nathan Karns. Alvarez allowed only two runs in seven innings on opening day against Atlanta but took the loss. Karns allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings in his first start Tuesday against Baltimore.MORE NEWS: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
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