Too late, but Rays look good in sweep of Marlins

by Gary Shelton on October 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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Longoria opens the first inning with a 380-foot homer to left./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Longoria opens the first inning with a 380-foot homer to left./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Thursday, 11:27 p.m.

Can we back this season up and play, oh, the last couple of months again?

This is how we all wanted the Tampa Bay Rays to look.

Okay, okay. The history books are filled with teams that turned it on after the season was more or less over.And maybe the Rays are one of those teams. On the other hand, the team that swept the Marlins this week was pretty good.

The Rays completed a sweep of three or more games for the first time since July and won their first series since mid-August with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Marlins. Perhaps it is because the pressure of the wild-card chase is over, but the

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Rays have rarely looked better.

Kiermaier catches a line drive in the sixth inning./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Kiermaier catches a line drive in the sixth inning./ANDREW J. KRAMER

They had pitching. Jake Odorizzi went seven innings and gave up only four hits and only one unearned run in evening his record at 9-9. Brad Boxberger had his 41st save of the season.

They had hitting. The Rays clubbed 16 hits and had seven players with two hits or more. Evan Longoria was one of them, hitting a single and a home run.

They had defense. Kevin Kiermaier – who else – threw a runner out at the plate to end the seventh. It was his 15th assist from the outfield. And backup shortstop Tim Beckham had a fine night in the field.

For the Rays, Kiermaier and James Loney each had three hits on the night. John Jaso, Steven Souza Jr., J.P. Arencibia and Longoria all had two.

For once, the Rays did not play a game decided by two runs or less. They've played 93 of those this year, the most in the American League since the White Sox played 95 in 2005.

Erasmo Ramirez pitches against Toronto's Mark Beurhle tonight.

Boxberger finished with 41 saves to lead the AL./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Boxberger finished with 41 saves to lead the AL./ANDREW J. KRAMER

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