ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Joyce and the Tampa Bay Rays are having a hard time understanding why they have lost 10 straight.
The Rays had 13 hits in an 11-6 loss to the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
"I don't know if anybody here has really been a part of something like this," said Joyce, who drove in the Rays' final run with a sixth-inning triple. "It's almost to a point where it's ridiculous because we're really not a bad team. It's something that's drive you nuts and make you pull your hair out at night if you think about it too much."
BOX SCORE: Marlins 11, Rays 6
Kevin Kiermaier and Ben Zobrist homered to bring the teams even in the fifth inning, but the Marlins teed off against the Tampa Bay bullpen in beating the Rays for the fourth straight day.
J.T. Realmuto had three RBIs in his major league debut, Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in four runs for the Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 17th home run, a two-run shot during a three-run seventh that made it 9-5.
The 10-game skid is the Rays' longest since they lost 11 straight in September of 2009 and it matched the longest skid in the majors this season. They have been swept in four consecutive series. Tampa Bay has the majors worst record at 23-38 and are 14 games behind AL East-leading Toronto.
Marlins infielder Justin Bour also made his major league debut as the designated hitter, and he had an infield single during the fourth for his first hit. He picked up his first RBI with a single in the seventh.
Jacob Turner (2-3) allowed five runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings for Miami.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi gave up only a two-out single until the Marlins put together five straight singles in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Casey McGehee ended Odorizzi's day with a leadoff double in the sixth. Jake McGee (2-1) entered and allowed RBI singles to Ozuna and Realmuto.
"When we gave way to Jake McGee, I really felt nice," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "It was still close. We had just tied it up with a couple homers, and it just did not want to work out. Jake just had one of those unusual tough days, and that was pretty much it."
Joyce's triple and pinch-hitter Jerry Sands' run-scoring single cut the Rays' deficit to 6-5 later in the sixth. Sands' hit ended a stretch that saw Tampa Bay go 0 for 34 with runners in scoring position.
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Odorizzi gave up four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
Miami manager Mike Redmond was ejected by first base umpire Bill Miller for arguing after Desmond Jennings RBI double down the first-base line got the Rays within 9-6 in the seventh.
NOTES: The Rays held a moment of silence for team senior adviser Don Zimmer, who died Wednesday night at the age of 83. ... Tampa Bay C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring tightness) ran the bases and could start a minor league rehab assignment Saturday. ... Marlins SS Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) moved his rehab assignment from Single-A Jupiter to Double-A Jacksonville.
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