ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida’s two Major League Baseball teams are currently going in opposite directions.
Yonny Chirinos allowed one run in five innings before leaving with a hand injury and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Sunday to match their longest winning streak this season at six games.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,922 Additional Cases, 144 New Deaths Reported Friday
Chirinos (9-5) gave up two hits but was pulled after 63 pitches due to right middle finger inflammation. Diego Castillo, Colin Poche and Andrew Kittredge finished a six-hitter.
Mike Brosseau and Jesus Aguilar both homered and had two RBIs each for the Rays, who also won six in a row from May 25-30.
Brian Anderson homered for the Marlins, who have lost four of five and dropped to an NL-worst 42-67.
Caleb Smith (7-5) gave up three runs — one earned — six hits and four walks in five innings. He had been 4-0 in five starts since a June 6 loss at Milwaukee.
Jesus Aguilar had a sacrifice fly and Brosseau an RBI single during a two-run first, and Brosseau homered for a 3-0 lead in the fifth. All four of his previous homers had come against Baltimore.
Anderson hit a solo homer with two outs in the fourth for the Marlins’ first hit. Tampa Bay opened a 6-1 lead in the seventh when Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single against the shift and Avisail Garcia hit a two-run double. D’Arnaud has 27 RBIs in 22 games since July 1.
Aguilar homered in the eighth off Kyle Keller.
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Marlins INF Neil Walker (jammed right index finger) didn’t play but could be back soon. He collided with Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier while fielding a grounder between home and first base Saturday.
With a number of promising infield prospects, Miami 2B Starlin Castro is taking grounders at third base.
Marlins: CF Cesar Puello left after four innings with left hip flexor tightness. … RHP Ryne Stanek (right hip) is expected to return from the 10-day IL Monday.
Rays: AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell, out since July 22 due to loose bodies in his left elbow that required surgery, may get a date to resume throwing Monday.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-10) and RHP Robert Dugger start a doubleheader Monday at the New York Mets. Dugger would be making is major league debut.
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