MIAMI — Despite a close loss in 10 innings, Tampa Bay manager manager Kevin Cash hopes the Rays can build off the way they came back from a big deficit.
"I don't know if I've been a part of something like this," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It was just amazing. I would think these guys would be feeling pretty good about themselves carrying over to the next game."
"As soon as I hit it (to first baseman Michael Morse) I said, 'Oh, we've got a run,'" Cabrera said. "It was close, but I got there on time."
The Marlins had to earn their first win of the season despite taking an 8-1 lead into the seventh inning.
"Hopefully that's the hardest one we have to get," said pitcher Dan Haren, who made his Marlins debut. "We can win a few a little easier than that. Maybe it's tough getting the first one. Everyone was pressing a little bit and it definitely was good to come out on the right side of that because that would have really stunk not winning that one."
Haren left after six solid innings and the Marlins holding their big lead.
After the Rays tied the score at 8, Giancarlo Stanton gave the Marlins a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single.
But once again the Rays fought back scoring the tying run in the ninth.
Guyer led off with a double against Marlins closer Steve Cishek and scored the tying run when first baseman Michael Morse chose to attempt a game-ending double play on a ground ball by Cabrera. However, Cabrera beat Adeiny Hechavarria's relay back to first.
Giancarlo Stanton and Yelich each had three RBIs and Morse knocked in two for the Marlins. Bryan Morris (1-0) pitched one inning to earn the victory.
Miami, which beat Tampa Bay for the fifth consecutive time, scored just three runs in its first three games before Friday's outburst to avoid a franchise-worst 0-4 start.
"I just felt that we were going to win that game the whole night," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Despite what happened the attitude was good and guys were battling."
Miami scored six runs in the fourth off Erasmo Ramirez to take an 8-1 lead, keyed by a two-run single by Yelich and two-run double by Stanton, who broke out of a 1-for-9 slump to start the season with his first RBIs. Hechavarria and Morse also drove in runs for the Marlins in the inning.
"This is my first game (of the season), but that's no excuse," Ramirez said. "I was supposed to throw strikes and keep the score to 1-1 or maybe 2-1, but I didn't."
DeJesus then had a pinch-hit, three-run triple to right-center field off A.J. Ramos and Cabrera singled to score DeJesus to tie it at 8-all.
The Marlins led 2-0 before Keirmaier's solo home run to right field in the top of the fourth.
Tampa Bay's Steve Geltz allowed one run in two innings in his first career start.
Rays: OF John Jaso (left wrist contusion) was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game giving the team a major league-high nine players on the DL. OF Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple A-Durham in a corresponding move and he made his big-league debut when he pinch-hit for Geltz in the third inning and lined out.
STANTON THROWS OUT ANOTHER RUNNER
Stanton is better known for his bat, but last year's NL Gold Glove finalist also has a strong arm as he showcased in the first when he threw out Cabrera at second base when Cabrera tried stretching a single into a double.
KIERMAIER SHOWING POWER
Kiermaier's second home run of the season came in his 11th at-bat. He began the day as the only AL hitter with a double, triple, and homer. The 24-year old hit 10 home runs in 331 at-bats last season.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 4.76 ERA) gets the start for the Rays as the teams continue their weekend series.
Marlins: RHP Jarred Cosart makes his season debut. Cosart was fined after an MLB investigation earlier this month for gambling on sports. However, MLB ruled that Cosart did not gamble on baseball.
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