- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Even by the Miami Marlins’ woeful standards this week, they hit a new low for hitting on Saturday.

Miami managed just two hits against Chris Archer and two relievers in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the second shutout in four days for the Marlins, who are batting .210 with no home runs.

Closer Brad Boxberger struck out slugger Giancarlo Stanton looking on a 3-2 fastball with a runner on to end the game.

“I didn’t do what I should have,” Stanton said.

“We’ve seen it happen where he hits that ball out,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “And he will at some point in the season.”

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 Stanton is at .200.

“It’s not an ideal start,” said Stanton, who is still looking for his first homer since signing a record $325 million contract.

Archer (1-1) went seven innings and allowed one hit and one walk, with the latter runner erased trying to steal.

“We just didn’t have an answer for their pitcher,” Redmond said. “He pretty much rolled through our lineup.”

Pinch-hitter Tim Beckham hit his first career homer leading off the seventh, and Evan Longoria doubled home the other run for the Rays.

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.

“There’s no need to press the panic button,” Cosart said. “The bats are going to come around. Today we saw guy throwing 97 down in the zone, and he has two other plus-pitches. Anytime you go against a guy like that, it’s going to be tough.”

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.

“I was just trying to find an open space of grass and push a run across,” Longoria said. “The way Arch was throwing the ball, you got the feeling early that a run or two could make the difference.”

Defense has been a strength so far this season for the Marlins. 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.


Four of the Marlins’ five starters have pitched well, with Cosart, Henderson Alvarez, Dan Haren and Tom Koehler combining for an ERA of 2.16. Each threw at least six innings in his first start.

The lone hiccup was by Mat Latos, who lasted only two-thirds of an inning and has an ERA of 94.50.


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.

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