MIAMI, FL - JUNE 08: Omar Infante #12 of the Miami Marlins hits a double during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park on June 8, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Tampa started their interleague match by proving to its home state who the better team is – in Florida anyway.
It seemed judging from the box score that the Rays had their way with their in-state rival. That was not the case.
Rays starter and Norwalk, Iowa native Jeremy Hellickson went 4.1 innings on the night as he allowed five hits on one earned run, but also walked seven Marlin hitters.
Former Marlin Burke Badenhop came to save Hellickson from his night by finishing out the fifth and the sixth by having an almost-perfect night. Badenhop allowed a hit and struck out a batter.
Badenhop on the season has faced 105 hitters and is holding them to a .267 average and walking four and striking out 20.
Omar Infante had his way with the Tampa staff going 3-for-5 scoring a run, and being left on base twice tonight. Infante is hitting .258 thus far in June, and got over the .300 mark at Marlins Park with his three hits. However, Infante did make an error dropping his season fielding percentage to .833.
Tampa put up a ‘1’ on the board in the third through fifth innings and then sealed the game away by bringing in two more in the seventh. The three-through-six hitters all drove in an RBI each alongside leadoff hitter Will Rhymes getting an RBI as well.
B.J. Upton started things off in the third on a groundball to left field. Matt Joyce received his run and RBI via a homerun over the right field fence in the fifth; in the seventh, Ben Zobrist singled on a sharp line drive to Giancarlo Stanton, whom received an error on the play.
Miami and Tampa Bay go at it at Marlins Park again Saturday at 7:15 as part of FOX Sports’ "Baseball Night in America." Carlos Zambrano will throw for Miami; Matt Moore is the probable starter for the Rays.