ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Miami Marlins continued to frustrate their cross-peninsula counterparts Wednesday, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to their ninth straight loss, 5-4, at Tropicana Field.
The tone was somber for the Rays beyond the results of a collapsing season, as it was announced during the game that long-time baseball man Don Zimmer, who most recently served as a senior advisor with the team, died at age 83. Rays third base coach Tom Foley, who has worn Zimmer's name on his jersey as the beloved former manager recovered from heart surgery, wept in the dugout during the game.
Tampa Bay loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against closer Steve Cishek on an error by third baseman Ed Lucas, a Kevin Kiermaier double and a walk to Jose Molina, but managed just one run. The Rays pulled within a run on a DH David DeJesus groundout, but Kiermaier didn't try to score on a high-chopping Ben Zobrist groundout to first, and after Cishek walked third baseman Evan Longoria intentionally he retired first baseman James Loney on a pop-up to end the game for his 13th save.
Second baseman Donovan Solano hit his first homer of the season for Miami, a decisive three-run shot off Rays starter David Price, and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4.
Miami starter Tom Koehler (5-5) endured a trying first inning in which he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, but broke a two-game losing streak. He allowed three earned runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Price (4-5) allowed five runs -- but just one earned -- in 7 1/3 innings on nine hits with 11 strikeouts.
Miami (31-28) won its third straight, all against the 23-37 Rays.
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Stanton roped a two-out double off the wall in left and DH Casey McGehee poked a single just inside first base against Price.
Tampa Bay, which was averaging 2.1 runs per game in an eight-game losing streak entering Wednesday, scored three times in the bottom of the first.
Zobrist's two-run homer to right off Koehler followed a leadoff walk to DeJesus, and Longoria followed with his sixth homer of the season.
The Rays hit consecutive homers just once this season. The homer was Zobrist's fourth this season. Both home runs came on 3-1 counts.
Miami used four unearned runs and a three-run homer by Solano to take a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning.
The Marlins advanced runners to second and third with one out after a wild pitch. Price was close to working out of trouble after inducing center fielder Marcell Ozuna into a comebacker that allowed him to start a rundown and erase Lucas between third and home.
But, with two outs, Longoria fielded a high bouncer from first baseman Jeff Baker and dropped the ball while trying to tag out Ozuna advancing to third instead of throwing to first. Ozuna was safe and Stanton scored from third.
NOTES: Rays LHP David Price was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a pitch last week. ... Miami selected the contract of INF Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans and transferred RHP Carter Capps to the 60-day disabled list. ... The Marlins pick second in the draft on Thursday. The Rays pick 20th.