By Bill Chastain and J. Scott Butherus
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's power and Matt Andriese's stellar outing led the Rays to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
Beckham connected for two homers, both off Marlins starter Dan Straily, in a game for the second time in less than a month, while Andriese threw seven scoreless innings against a Marlins team that scored 10 runs on Wednesday night.
Beckham's first home run came in the second on an 0-2 pitch from Straily, putting the Rays up 2-0. He followed with a two-run homer in his next at-bat to push the Rays' lead to 4-0. Straily allowed four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out three in five innings.
Andriese allowed five hits and three walks to earn his second win of the season. The Marlins managed a run in the ninth via a Dee Gordon RBI single, but Alex Colome entered to record the final out and his eighth save of the season.
"I can't say I'm uncomfortable with our guys' at-bats," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously you want better results, but I felt like they were working. I'm seeing a lot of concentration and energy in our at-bats, so it's not a game I'll walk away from offensively where you'd like something more to happen, but our guys are battling up there."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Nearly a triple play: Trouble found Andriese in the third with the Rays leading 2-0. Adeiny Hechavarria singled to open the inning, and Gordon followed with a bunt single to bring Martin Prado to the plate. The Marlins' designated hitter grounded sharply to third baseman Daniel Robertson, who stepped on third and snapped off a throw to second. While Brad Miller's relay to first did not beat Prado to complete the triple play, the play gave a huge lift to Andriese, who escaped the inning unscathed.
"That was huge, with nobody out there," Andriese said. "... It was a great play. Things could have spiraled there, gave up one or two, but huge play by D-Rob, and to have an attempt at a triple play was pretty sweet."
Had the Rays managed to turn a triple play, it would have been the fourth in franchise history.
Power display: According to Statcast™, Beckham's first home run traveled a projected 410 feet into the left-field stands with an 103.8-mph exit velocity and a 30-degree launch angle. In his next at-bat, he followed with a 414-foot home run that left the bat at 105 mph with a 33-degree launch angle. His highest exit velocity actually came in his fourth at-bat in the seventh, when he lined out to left at 107.4 mph.
When told he had over 800 feet of home runs on the evening, Beckham smiled: "Might be a first for me."
"You got to have a lot of confidence to wear those shoes he wore tonight on the field. I told him, 'You better do something to pull those off.' He told me not to worry about it." -- Cash, on the powder blue shoes worn by Beckham on Thursday night
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Marcell Ozuna singled off Andriese in the second, giving him a hit in every game he's played against the Rays. That streak is now 21 games, which is the longest against the Rays since Manny Ramirez had a 23-game streak from 2002-03.
The Marlins challenged an out call at first base in the ninth inning. Chih-Wei Hu charged a grounder in front of the mound and delivered a bouncing throw to first, which Logan Morrison successfully picked. After a 1-minute, 12-second delay, the call was confirmed and the runner was out at first.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: Miami will continue its brief five-game road trip with a three-game set against the Mets at Citi Field starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Starter Tom Koehler (1-1, 5.40 ERA) went 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA last season against the Mets.
Rays:Chris Archer (2-1, 3.43) will make his seventh start of the season and his third against the Blue Jays on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Through his first two starts against Toronto this season, he has allowed three runs over 15 innings with 13 strikeouts.