Johnson homers twice, Rays beat Marlins 10-6
The Rays celebrated Memorial Day with a 10-6 victory over the Marlins.
Kelly Johnson hit a pair of three-run homers, the second providing much-needed insurance in the bottom of the eighth.
To that point, it looked to be a matter of survival as the Rays had taken a 6-0 lead in the second inning but by the fifth were hanging on, barely, to a one-run advantage.
A big part of that blame rests with starter Jake Odorizzi, who was not impressive in his second start filling in for injured David Price. Odorizzi couldn't get through the fifth, replaced after allowing the first three to reach. Jake McGee was awarded the win for his two innings of one-hit relief.
The Rays (26-24) took a 6-0 lead in the second inning against Miami starter Jose Fernandez, the phenom from Tampa's Alonso High. Johnson had the big blast for the Rays in their six-run second, a three-run homer that was his ninth of the season. Fernandez didn't get out of the fourth.
The Rays got their 7th run, and the one that looked like it would make the difference, in the fourth on a sac fly by Evan Longoria.
Johnson, though, struck again in the 8th, the 3-run blast extended the lead from 7-6 to 10-6. Fernando Rodney, who had blown his last two save chances, worked the ninth for the Rays in the less-pressurized situation.
Johnson matched career highs with his two homers, six RBIs and four hits.
The Rays and Marlins play again Tuesday night at 7:10 at the Trop.