The Rays beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in what ended up being a pretty good pitchers’ duel. Chris Archer went toe to toe with Marlins starter Jarred Cosart but the Rays managed to push across 2 runs and hold the Marlins to just 2 hits to earn the victory.
Archer and Cosart were cruising until the top of the 6th when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a shot to the right-center gap that Marcell Ozuna couldn’t get to, resulting in a triple. Evan Longoria followed with a double to right-center to bring him home and put the Rays up 1-0. Tim Beckham came on to pinch-hit in the 7th for Allan Dykstra and worked a great 10-pitch at bat and finished it off by hitting his first major league home run to left.
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Chris Archer was extremely impressive throwing 7 shutout innings while allowing just 2 base runners (1 hit and 1 walk) and striking out 5. His slider was especially dominant, generating 7 swings-and-misses with that pitch alone. Archer only threw 83 pitches and had it not been just his second start of the season, he probably would’ve gone deeper into the game. It was a much needed start for the Rays after they had used up most of their bullpen the night before.
Kevin Jepsen threw a scoreless 8th inning allowing just 1 hit while striking out 2. Brad Boxberger picked up the save by throwing a scoreless 9th, rebounding nicely after he took the loss on Friday night. Closers are supposed to have a short memory, and nice job by Boxberger demonstrating that he possesses that attribute.
Tim Beckham stole the show offensively, coming off the bench and going 2 for 2 with his first big league home run and stolen base on the game. Hopefully this is a nice confidence boost for Beckham as he looks to solidify himself as a big leaguer.
Evan Longoria went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He broke the Rays’ all-time record for extra base hits in the process. Rene Rivera came on to pinch hit in the top of the 9th and would’ve had his first hit of the season had it not been for an incredible catch by Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. That catch also saved a run. Finally, Kevin Kiermaier went 1 for 4 with a double on the game.