MIAMI (AP) -- Sprinting from the batters' box, Hanley Ramirez had
only one thought in mind.
"Just trying to get the team going," he said.
Sounds simple, but it worked.
Cody Ross had three hits and two RBI, and Josh Willingham, Mike
Jacobs and Jeremy Hermida each drove in two runs for the Marlins,
who are 22-9 since May 22 and moved within one game of Philadelphia
for second place in the NL East.
"Guys scored five runs with two outs because Hanley hustled,"
said Marlins manager Joe Girardi, whose team has won seven straight
Johnson (7-4) trailed 2-0 after only six pitches, but allowed
just one more run over the rest of his 6 2-3 innings. He struck out
five, walked one, and gave up eight hits for the Marlins, and Joe
Borowski worked the ninth for his 14th save -- and ninth in his last
James Shields (4-1) failed in his bid to be the first Tampa Bay
pitcher to win five times in a month; the right-hander came in
having allowed a total of five runs in a four-start winning streak,
but yielded seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. He did strike
out seven, a new season-high.
"I was making some quality pitches," Shields said. "They were
laying off of them. It was one of those days. Not my day."
Shields had a 3-2 lead with two outs in the fifth and was one
strike from escaping the inning -- before Ramirez's speed sparked
Ramirez outran Aubrey Huff's throw from third base to keep the
inning alive, and Florida took advantage. Jacobs brought him in
with a run-scoring single, and Willingham followed with another
single that brought Miguel Cabrera -- who ran through third-base
coach Jim Presley's stop sign -- in to score.
"You better be safe," Girardi said. "We have a lot of young
guys who are aggressive, and sometimes aggressiveness leads to some
baserunning errors. But he was running hard and it's probably a
good thing that Pres didn't get in front of him, because Pres would
have lost that battle. Compare it to a bulldozer hitting a Yugo."
Hermida followed with a two-run double that pushed Florida's
lead to 6-3, and Ross doubled five pitches later to drive Hermida
in. Ross, who was a home run shy of the cycle, then made it 8-3 in
the seventh by bringing Hermida home with a stand-up triple that
bounced off the right-field wall.
All eight of Florida's runs came with two out.
"Anytime you can put runs on the board with two outs, I think
that's huge and probably puts them on their heels a little bit,"
Jacobs said. "And we took advantage."
Baldelli's home run -- a 402-foot shot to left field -- gave the
Devil Rays a quick 2-0 lead. Julio Lugo led off with a double and
scored on Baldelli's third homer of the year.
"We were in a nicer run when we were getting the hits when we
needed them," said Baldelli, whose team had won six of its last
nine coming into Monday. "It's not going to happen every game.
The Marlins tied it in their half of the first. Jacobs' RBI
double brought Cabrera home, and Willingham was credited with a
run-scoring double after Huff stumbled trying to field his grounder
down the left field line that brought Jacobs around.
"The team picked me up and got two runs right back," Johnson
said. "So that helped out a lot."
Shields singled to lead off the Tampa Bay third and gave his
team a 3-2 lead when he trotted home on Baldelli's long triple off
the scoreboard in center three batters later.
Tampa Bay scored two runs in the eighth, with Baldelli scoring
on a double-play ball and Jonny Gomes delivering a pinch-hit single
that allowed Norton to come around. But Logan Kensing struck out
Josh Paul to end the inning, preserving Florida's three-run lead.
"Five-run innings are devastating," Devil Rays manager Joe
Maddon said. "That's the whole game."
The Marlins tied a season-high with seven doubles. ...
Baldelli's home run was only the third allowed this season by
Johnson, whose ERA rose from 2.01 to 2.20. ... Lugo drew a
seventh-inning walk, tying Fred McGriff's Devil Rays record of
getting one in nine straight games. McGriff walked in nine straight
during the 1999 season. ... Tampa Bay fell to 12-12 in June, and
needs to win two of its next three games for the seventh winning
month in franchise history. ... Attendance was 7,416.