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MAKE IT FOUR: #Marlins Lose Fourth Straight, Drop 5-1 Decision to Visiting Rays ... Fish Strand 13; 24 in Past Two Losses

4BY GEORGE RICHARDS grichards@MiamiHerald.com

TWITTER: @GeorgeRichards

Putting runners on base hasn't been too big of a problem for the Marlins the past two nights.

Bringing those guys home, however, has been.

The Marlins once again left a small army on the basepaths Friday night, stranding 13 in a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in an interleague game at Marlins Park.

The loss was Miami's fourth straight as the Marlins have stranded 24 in the past two losses and have gone 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position during their four-game slide. Miami is 0-4 on this current homestand, outscored 26-4.

The Marlins haven't won since clinching the three-game series Sunday in Philadelphia and are 2-2 in interleague play this year. Miami won two of three in Cleveland last month.

Last year, the Marlins went 5-23 in June to knock themselves out of the playoff hunt. Miami is 2-5 so far this June.

Ricky Nolasco started Friday's game and gave Miami a solid performance, pitching six innings before being replaced by pinch hitter Donnie Murphy to lead off the sixth.

Miami trailed 3-1 at the time Nolasco left with the Rays opening things up with two runs in the seventh off reliever Ryan Webb.

The Rays didn't hit Nolasco too hard. With two outs in the third, Matt Joyce dropped a flare into left for a double then scored on a single from B.J. Upton. Jose Lobaton, who doubled twice off Nolasco, scored Tampa Bay's second run on Will Rhymes two-out infield single after Omar Infante made a nice diving stop but his throw pulled Greg Dobbs off first in the fourth.

Tampa Bay made it 3-1 in the fifth when Joyce led off the inning by depositing a 2-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen just beyond the right field fence.

Nolasco has now lost four of his past six starts.

Nolasco has also lost his past four starts to the Rays and is 2-4 against them in his career.

On Friday, he went six innings giving up three runs off six hits, striking out six and walking four.

The Marlins had opportunities themselves and tied it soon after the Rays took the initial lead in the third.

Infante led off the bottom of the inning with a double with Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton walking to load the bases with no outs against starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Miami made it 1-1 when Infante raced home on a sacrifice fly from Dobbs to center but failed to do any more damage as Austin Kearns and Chris Coghlan both grounded out.

The Marlins had runners in scoring position in the first six innings but only got one run.

Stanton had bases loaded with two outs in the fourth and flew out to center; with two on and one out in the fifth, catcher John Buck grounded into a double-play started by shortstop Sean Rodriguez.

With Jose Reyes at second after doubling with one out in the sixth, Infante grounded out and Ramirez watched a called strike three against former Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop to end that threat.

Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings led off what would be a long top of the seventh by doubling off the wall in front of the Clevelander. Webb then walked Joyce before Upton struck out looking on a pitch that looked a touch low.

Webb wouldn't get that lucky again as Ben Zobrist singled in Jennings with Carlos Pena driving in Joyce to make it 5-1.

Sandy Rosario, called up from Triple A New Orleans, made his season debut when he replaced Webb after Pena's single in the seventh in relief of Webb.

Rosario came into the game with a total of four major league innings pitched over the previous two seasons with the Marlins and got Lobaton to ground into a double play to end things. Rosario also pitched a strong eighth, getting a strikeout and two ground ball outs.

() Friday was the two year anniversary of Stanton making his major league debut. The 22-year-old slugger has the fifth-most home runs among active players prior to his 23rd birthday with 70. Miami native Alex Rodriguez is the all-time leader (95).

() Logan Morrison, whom manager Ozzie Guillen said was taking a few days off, pinch hit with one out in the eighth and struck out.

() Closer Heath Bell worked the ninth despite it not being a save situation. Bell hadn't pitched since closing out the Phillies on Sunday.

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