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Fish Wrap - Marlins 6, Rays 1

Winning's a lot more funner than losing.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Winning's a lot more funner than losing. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Fish finished up the Citrus Series Sunday afternoon at the Trop, with Chris Volstad on the mound against Jeff Niemann.

Mike Stanton drove in the first run of the game in the top of the fourth on a single that scored Cody Ross, who had reached on a fielder's choice.

In the bottom of the inning, the Rays answered right back when Carl Crawford singled, and scored on Ben Zobrist's sac fly to tie up the game at one run apiece.

Vols ran into some trouble with one out in the bottom of the fifth. He loaded up the bases on a single and two walks (with the help of a terrible call from home pate umpire Darryl Cousins), but managed to escape the inning without giving up a run. Chris would finish the game after six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits

A four-run sixth inning gave the lead back to the Fish. Jorge Cantu untied the game with one swing when he led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to make it 2-1. Mike Stanton followed with his second RBI of the game, driving in Dan Uggla with a single, and after Uncle Wes nearly took a ball from Niemann off of his skull, he dusted off and launched the very next pitch into the seats. The second home run of the inning put the Fish up 5-1.

Florida capped off their scoring against reliever Dan Wheeler in the seventh. Hanley singled, stole second and third, and scored on a Dan Uggla sac fly to strech the Marlins lead to 6-1.

The Marlins bullpen had an uncharacteristically good afternoon as Tankersley, Sanches and Nunez combined for three scoreless innings to preserve the win for Volstad and give the series victory to the Marlins.

With the W, Chris Volstad snapped a streak of six winless outings, and helped to end the Marlins road trip on a note slightly higher than the one it began on.