Stanton can't deliver late for slumping Marlins

Stanton can't deliver late for slumping Marlins

MIAMI -- Limited to two hits through eight innings on Saturday, the Marlins still managed to have the matchup they wanted in the ninth inning. There is always hope when one Giancarlo Stanton swing can even things up.

Unfortunately for Miami, Tampa Bay closer Brad Boxberger had the final answer, painting a 93-mph fastball on the outside corner to seal the Rays' 2-0 victory at Marlins Park.

After the Marlins outslugged the Rays, 10-9, in 10 innings on Friday, the hope was the quiet bats had finally woken up. But on Saturday, Miami found itself shut out for the second time in three days.

"There is no relaxing in the big leagues," Stanton said. "Every day is going to be tough."

Saturday was about pitching. Miami starter Jarred Cosart was impressive, giving up one run in six innings. Tampa Bay's Chris Archer, however, stole the show, dominating with a 98-mph fastball and allowing one hit in seven innings.

The Marlins finished with just the two hits.

"We're still feeling our way, trying to get through it right now," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "I was hoping after last night's walk-off that we would come out [hitting]. But we ran up against a good pitcher, and he shut us down."

Twice Stanton was at the plate with a runner on second. Both times, he struck out. The slugger fanned after Christian Yelich doubled in the fourth, and Yelich also got on in front of Stanton in the ninth, and he was on second base when the game ended.

"I didn't do what I should have," Stanton said.

The Marlins are now 1-4. They've had quality starts in four of the five games.

The offense, outside of scoring 10 on Friday, has a total of three runs in the other four games.

"It's not an ideal start," Stanton said.

What's going wrong?

"Just about everything," the slugger said. "Put the ball in play, at least. That's it."

The fact the Marlins had hope in the ninth was encouraging. They just didn't have the big hit.

"Yeli has a great at-bat, just to keep our hopes alive, basically," Redmond said. "'G' got up there. That's definitely the situation you want. We've seen that happen where he hits that ball out. He will at some point in the season."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.